Jussie Smollett allegedly orchestrated his attack after a threatening letter sent to him did not get much attention. The two jacked Nigerian brothers , Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, claim they assisted Smollett in the assault after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent to the “#Empire” show’s studio, did not get enough attention. Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo have also told police that Smollett paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the attack in Chicago Jan. 29.
According to reports, the letter contained threatening language and was laced with a powdery substance investigators believe was likely crushed-up Tylenol.
No one has been charged in connection with the case. Detectives are now determining whether Smollett made up the entire story.
Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett and his legal team, said said Smollett’s attorneys are keeping an active dialogue going with Chicago police on behalf of the actor.
Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” Smollett attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a statement Saturday. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.
“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,” the statement continued. “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.”
Smollett reported to police that he was attacked in the early morning hours of Jan. 29. Smollett stated the attack was laced with racial and homophobic slurs. Smollett also claimed the attackers shouted “MAGA country,” an apparent reference to President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”