Thursday, October 21, 2021

Brothers At Center of Jussie Smollett Case to Testify Against Actor

Jussie Smollett, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo

*The two Nigerian brothers at the center of the alleged Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax intend to testify against the disgraced actor now that their issues with the Chicago police have been resolved. 

Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were reportedly unwilling to testify because police are still treating them as suspects and withholding possessions seized during a February 2019 raid of their home.

The brothers announced this week that the Chicago Police Department couldn’t locate their belongings, so they were no longer willing to help investigators. 

In a statement released by their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, they’ve had a change of heart now that the items have allegedly been found, Page Six reports. 

“Due to the intervention of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb and his team, earlier today we were informed that a properly registered 9mm handgun that was missing from a locked safe seized by the Chicago Police Department on February 14, 2019, has been located,” Schmidt Rodriguez’s statement reads. 

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“The missing gun was a reason for Abel and Ola’s decision to cease voluntary cooperation, in addition to the unnecessary complication brought to this situation by CPD’s Corporate Counsel in treating them like suspects. Abel and Ola will recommence their cooperation in the Smollett case now that the handgun has been produced by the Special Prosecutor’s office.” 

For “more than a year,” the brothers have been trying to retrieve the items taken during the raid, Page Six reports. Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, who was appointed to re-investigate Smollett, intervened and was able to get the handgun produced. 

“The Osundairo Brothers at no time lost any faith in the Special Prosecutor’s case against Mr. Smollett and have been vocal that their grievance was squarely with the CPD and their Corporate Counsel. Abel and Ola Osundairo continue to stand 100 percent by their earlier statements and testimony about their involvement in the staged attack and, thanks to the issue being resolved today, will continue working cooperatively with Special Prosecutor Dan Webb and his team.” 

Smollett was charged  last year with 16 felony counts for falsifying a police report but the charges were dropped after he agreed to forfeit his bond. A special prosecutor charged him again in February. 

The brothers claim they were paid by Smollett to stage a racist and homophobic attack against him back in January 2019.

Smollett has pleaded not guilty and maintains his innocence.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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