Brothers Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo claim that Jussie Smollett paid them to stage a hate crime. The two brothers, who are originally from Nigeria, recently declared that they are willing to testify against the “Empire” alum.
Smollett claimed that two masked men punched him in the face, poured an unknown chemical substance on him and wrapped a rope around his neck on January 29, 2019. On February 14, 2019, Abimbola and Olabinjo were arrested and were considered people of interest and not suspects.
The Chicago Police Department officers who raided their home seized a black face mask, a phone, receipts, a red hat, bleach, a properly registered 9mm handgun and an “Empire” script. Abimbola and Olabinjo, who had appeared on “Empire” as extras, claimed that they were friends with Smollett and sometimes went to the gym with him.
When Abimbola and Olabinjo found out that the gun CPD officers seized from them was missing, the brothers decided to stop helping the investigators working on Smollett’s case. On June 5, 2020, Abimbola filed a motion with the court requesting to inspect all of the items seized during the raid.
The gun has been located and Abimbola and Olabinjo are willing to cooperate with the investigators again. According to the Nigerian-American brothers’ lawyer Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, they still stand by their earlier statements and testimony about their involvement in the attack they claim was staged by Smollett.
“The missing gun was a reason for Abel and Ola’s decision to cease voluntary cooperation, in addition to the unnecessary complication brought to this situation by CPD’s Corporate Counsel in treating them like suspects,” Page Six quoted Rodriguez as saying. “Abel and Ola will recommence their cooperation in the Smollett case now that the handgun has been produced by the Special Prosecutor’s office.”
Smollett played Jamal Lyon in the Fox series “Empire.” He had no other projects after the show.