Smollett Allegedly Paid An 'Empire' Extra And His Personal Trainer To Attack Him
According to CBS News, the two brothers who were arrested for the assault on Jussie Smollett, an actor on “Empire” are no longer considered suspects in his attack.
A police source confirmed that the brothers told the detectives that Smollett paid them to participate in the January 29 attack. They purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck at a nearby hardware store.
"New evidence that was brought to their attention, obviously I had it, my clients had it," said the brothers' attorney, Gloria Schmidt.
The Chicago Police Department said that the new information has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”
"We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview."
Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said that Smollett was “angered and devastated” by the rumors that he knew the people involved in the attack.
"One of these purported suspects was Jussie's personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. 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," the statement said.
Smollett’s attorneys said that Smollett would continue to work with authorities. "At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to 'unnamed' sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels," the statement said.
The two men, Ola and Abel Osundairo, were seen on surveillance video at the time Smollett claimed that he was attacked.
Ola Osundairo played a prisoner on the show “Empire” in season two.
The brothers left Chicago on the day of the attack and were detained when they returned on Wednesday. Police found ropes, masks, and bleach in their apartment, but the brothers were released on Friday without being charged.
On Good Morning America, Smollett shared that he was sure that the men in the photo were the ones who attacked him.
"And then I see the attacker, masked. And he said, 'This is MAGA country, n*****.' Punches me right in the face. So, I punched his ass back," Smollett said. "I think what people need to hear is just the truth."