The Jussie Smollett Story Doesn't Make Sense

Two brothers who cops suspect were hired by Empire star Jessie Smollett to stage a bogus attack. INSTAGRAM
Two brothers who cops suspect were hired by Empire star Jessie Smollett to stage a bogus attack. INSTAGRAM
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21 February, 2019

Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo agreed to cooperate with police last week after they were presented with evidence that they purchased the rope that Smollett claimed was placed around his neck by two attackers who yelled racist and homophobic slurs before shouting "this is MAGA country" as they fled.

Seven days before the alleged attack, a letter containing white powder was sent to the Chicago set of "Empire", Chicago police have said.

Multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the current probe told NBC News that the Chicago Police Department has requested the details from their counterparts in Los Angeles.

A spokesperson for Foxx said the acting state's attorney for the investigation will be First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats.

Multiple reports claim producers of the Fox show "Empire" have cut actor Jussie Smollett out of future episodes amid growing concerns that he staged an attack on the streets of Chicago.

Police couldn't find surveillance video of the attack but questioned two men who were initially deemed as suspects but who were released Friday.

February 17 - Chicago police say they want to speak with Smollett.

Singer Jussie Smollett performs onstage at Troubadour on Feb. 2 2019 in West Hollywood Calif.
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Singer Jussie Smollett performs onstage at Troubadour on Feb. 2 2019 in West Hollywood Calif. Scott Dudelson Getty Images for ABA

Chicago detectives investigating an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett are working to obtain the actor's financial records, a high-ranking police source said Wednesday. One of those brothers being a personal trainer to Smollett. "We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview". "Detectives are now presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury".

It's official: Jussie Smollett is now a suspect in his own attack. They also searched the men's apartment.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case", said Foxx spokeswoman Tandra Simonton, who wouldn't specify how Foxx was familiar with anyone in the case. Smollett's lawyers said the actor feels "victimized" by reports that he played a role in the assault.

The producers of "Empire" dispute media reports that Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon, was being written off the show.

The brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, have allegedly told investigators that they were recruited by Smollett to help orchestrate the crime.

The FBI, which is leading the investigation, declined to comment.

Police questioned two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, on February 15. Smollett has since denied having a hand in his attack and also took the media to task over the continuous coverage that points him as a manipulative mastermind.

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