There is now a report from multiple sources that say police now believe Jussie Smollett paid Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 to participate in a fake attack on him. Police suspected the brothers of perpetrating the attack, but after questioning them, police let them go and requested another interview with Smollett. This has gotten serious for Smollett, as faking the attack can now land him to up to 3 years in prison for his false police report. Smollett’s lawyers now claim that their client is not guilty of any crime, but that doesn’t explain why he hired one of the top criminal lawyers in the country.
Law enforcement sources with knowledge of the Smollett investigation told CNN on Saturday that police believe that Smollett hired two men to stage the attack on him.
And considering the amount of attention Smollett’s original report received from liberal celebrities and top Democrats like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, a candidate for the Democratic nomination, the latest development could be more than a little embarrassing for the country’s liberal political and entertainment establishment.
The men, identified by ABC News as brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested on Wednesday as persons of interest in the investigation into Smollett’s claim that he had been attacked on Jan. 29.
The Osundairos were released 48 hours later without being charged, due to Chicago law enforcement’s discovery of “new evidence,” CNN reported.
ABC News reported that Chicago police said they were “eager to speak to Jussie Smollett” after they released the Osundairos.
According to CBS News Chicago sources, the brothers told detectives that Smollett rehearsed the attack with them in the days leading up to Jan. 29.
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