By The Blaze. Actor Jussie Smollett was arrested this week for filing a false police report after Chicago Police say he orchestrated a hate crime hoax against himself. Authorities alleged two Nigerian brothers helped Smollett carry out the hoax.
But on Saturday, a new theory surfaced alleging reality is not what law enforcement say it is. . .
Chicago Police said Thursday that Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers — Olabinjo Osundairo, 27, and Abimbola Osundairo, 25 — $3,500 each for their help in carrying out the fake attack. Authorities said Smollett paid the brothers with checks.
But TMZ reported Saturday that “sources connected to the case” say the money Smollett paid the Osundairo brothers was not for the alleged fake attack. Instead, Smollett paid the brothers to help train him in the gym. . .
According to TMZ, even the check’s memo line read, “5 weeks training nutrition plan.” (Read more from “New Theory Surfaces in Jussie Smollett Hoax” HERE)
Police Say Jussie Smollett Paid Two Men by Check to Stage Attack; ‘This Publicity Stunt Was a Scar That Chicago Didn’t Earn’
By CBS Chicago. Accusing him of slapping the city in the face, Chicago police announced Thursday that “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett had been charged with concocting an attack in Streeterville, because “he was dissatisfied with his salary.”
“Smollett took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career,” Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Thursday morning. “This publicity stunt was a scar that Chicago didn’t earn, and certainly didn’t deserve.”
Smollett turned himself in to Chicago police early Thursday morning, hours after he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly staging a racist and homophobic attack against himself last month in Streeterville. Smollett turned himself in at the Central District police station at 18th and State streets around 5 a.m., police said. He made no statement to police. (Read more from “Police Say Jussie Smollett Paid Two Men by Check to Stage Attack; ‘This Publicity Stunt Was a Scar That Chicago Didn’t Earn'” HERE)