The Chicago Police investigating the homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett, Empire star, have reported that the attack was staged.
According to TMZ, Abel and Ola Osundairo , the two Nigerian brothers reported to have allegedly attacked Smollett, told cops they got in a car with Jussie and scouted a location, settling on the one right outside the actor’s apartment. The brothers said Jussie chose the spot because he believed a camera would have captured the action.
The brothers told police Jussie said he wanted to make it a “physical thing,” but not to the point he’d be seriously injured.
On the night Jussie says he was attacked, the brothers claim they showed up at the scene but were extremely nervous because, just as they played out the scene, a car drove by and they were worried they’d be ID’d.
TMZ reports that the brothers told cops they “made contact with Jussie’s face” but it was “weak.” They said they didn’t know how he suffered the bruises but the staged fight was not designed to injure him.
Glitches in Smollett’s Attack Story
According to Pulse News, sources close to TMZ says the police believes the brothers purchased the rope that was around Jussie’s neck after the incident, there is no surveillance video at the hardware store because it erases after a week.
According to Law$Crime columnist, Elura Nanos, Jussie Smollett might face up to three years if charged and convicted for giving a false report to the police.
An ABC Chicago report cited sources saying that police were investigating if Smollett, an actor, staged the attack with the two men because his character was being written off of “Empire.”
The Chicago Police Department’s top spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted the outlet to say “we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate”.
A CNN report that same day cited law enforcement sources claiming that they think Smollett staged the attack with the brothers. Smollett has since lawyered up amid reports that police are scrutinizing him. His attorneys said on Saturday that he has been “further victimized” by the allegation he made up the story.