Implicated Brothers Say ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Staged His Own Attack To Get Attention
Two brothers who were interrogated by police about the alleged Chicago street attack of actor Jussie Smollett say they helped him stage the assault.
Smollett was upset that a threatening letter sent to the “Empire” show’s studio did not get enough attention, ABC News reported.
Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo told investigators that Smollett paid them to help him stage the Jan. 29 attack that he said took place near his Chicago apartment, sources said.
A letter threatening Smollett was sent Jan. 22 to the Fox studio in Chicago, police said. The letter contained
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“Despite the inconsistencies, I can’t blindly believe Chicago PD,” DuVernay tweeted to her 2.06 million followers. “The department that covered up shooting Laquan McDonald over a dozen times? That operated an off-site torture facility? That one? I’ll wait.”
The Osundairo brothers told the investigator that Smollet allegedly decided to stage an attack on himself because he felt the letter didn’t get enough attention, sources told ABC News.
Smollett, who checked himself in at a hospital after the attack, told police his attackers used racist and homophobic slurs. They
The attack was being treated as a hate crime.
Sources close to Smollett told TMZ in late January that Smollett arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and went out at around 2 a.m. because he was hungry. He went to a Subway. “We’re told when shortly after he walked out on his way home, someone yelled, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?”
Smollett fought back, but the men beat him and fractured a rib,
TMZ reported. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, “This is MAGA country.”
“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” the Osundairo brothers said in a statement to CBS Chicago affiliate WBBM, ABC News confirmed.
Smollett denies knowing the
When the brothers were threatened with hate crimes charges and battery charges, they agreed to work with detectives, sources told ABC News.