*Time for another episode of “Did Jussie Smollett Really Get Beat Up?” OK, we just made that up, but based on all the twists and turns this case is taking, that made-up title is seeming more and more appropriate.
Here’s what we now know. Those two musclebound Nigerian brothers, Abimbola ‘Abel’ Osundairo & Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo, that were questioned and released by Chicago police for the alleged attack on Smollett, ARE the two men seen in the grainy surveillance video the actor. Remember, the “Empire” actor has said that those men are without a doubt the ones who allegedly assaulted him.
OK, got that? Keep that in mind as you read this quote:
“Yes, they are confirmed to be the men on scene by surveillance video,” Chicago Police said in a statement to ABC7 Chicago. “The reason why they were there is now central to the investigation and we can’t get into that at this time.”
Smollett said Thursday he was certain the two grainy figures captured on camera were his assailants.
“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them. Never did,” he declared on “Good Morning America.”
The Osundairo brothers were taken in for questioning Friday in connection with the alleged racist, homophobic attack on Smollett. But they were released from police custody later that night.
There’s also this via TMZ: “Empire” cast and crew members said there’s no way the Nigerian brothers are at fault because they were not homophobic, racist or pro-Trump.
The development is the latest twist in a story that has grown weirder by the day since Jan. 29, when the alleged attack took place.
Smollett, who is openly gay, told cops he was attacked around 2 a.m. by masked men who yelled homophobic slurs, put a rope around his neck and yelled “This is MAGA country!”
The alleged beatdown has spawned multiple conspiracy theories, including that it was a figment of the actor’s imagination, dreamed up to save him from being written off the show.