Jussie Smollett may have gotten himself into some trouble trouble! The Empire actor’s story was already all over the place, but when it came out that Chicago Police arrested two Nigerian brothers (that Jussie actually knew) wish went wayyyyy left.
As previously reported Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo (the two alleged suspects) were taken into custody, and due to evidence they shared with the police. The men admitted through their attorney that they know Jussie but denied being involved in the attack.
According to CNN, the men are cooperating with Chicago police, and there’s new evidence that’s pointing the finger at Smollett . Law enforcement sources told CNN that there’s “new evidence” that suggests that Smollett orchestrated the attack himself.
The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at a hardware store in Chicago. One law enforcement source tells TMZ at least one of the brothers turned over his phone .Reportedly there was a call between him, and Jussie in the area of where the “hate crime attack,”prior to it happening.
Chicago PD’s Chief Communications Officer confirms the case has taken a turn based on info provided by the brothers, saying :
“The information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”
He added that police have reached out to Jussie Smollett’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.
Jussie is upset about the allegations that he made up an entire hate crime, and he’s speaking via his attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson.
They issued a statement to CNN Saturday night saying;
“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” the statement read. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.
“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,” the statement continued. “It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”
Abel and Jussie allegedly had a very close relationship, and seemingly romantic. Abel posted videos of himself posing in underwear while flexing to Jussie’s music. According to Jussie’s lawyer he was his personal trainer, and was helping him get ready for a music video.
Do you think Jussie staged all of this? Rapped Out.