Chicago police believe Jussie Smollett may have orchestrated an assault on himself with the help of brothers Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo, who are cooperating with investigators and reportedly told detectives that they practiced the assault days before.
Both men are friends of Smollett’s and are known to be anti-Trump. Sources say they were reportedly paid $3,500 to do the assault and promised an additional $500 later. The brothers bought the rope, found around Smollett’s neck, at Crafty Beaver Hardware Store in Chicago using Smollett’s money, according to sources close to the investigation. They also bought two plain red hats that they wore during the alleged attack that the police believe were purchased at a local beauty supply store in the Uptown section of #Chicago.
When asked whether Smollett has officially been considered a suspect in light of the new information, the Chicago Police Department told TMZ, “We have some information that needs to be corroborated and verified with the #Empire cast member before we can answer this question. After new developments, we’ve reached out to his attorney and requested additional time to interview him.”
Update: The case will be heard by the Grand Jury as early as next week!