Jussie Smollett staged his assault with 2 Nigerians to save his career – Dailymail
Dailymail has revealed the identities of the two Nigerian brothers being questioned over the Jussie Smollett attack, as actors Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo.
The pair were arrested by police at Chicago O’Hare Airport, on Wednesday, as they arrived back in America from Nigeria, to be questioned over the January 29 attack involving the star.
On Friday afternoon, they were arrested on suspicion of being involved in a crime but they have not been charged. Police can now hold them for an additional 24 hours without charge if the prosecutor’s office agrees, or must file charges by 5.45pm on Friday.
The duo left for Nigeria on January 29, hours after the Smollett attack. Ola appeared on Empire in 2015 and both brothers have had minor roles on Chicago PD.
Smollett follows their joint Instagram account and, according to their lawyer, sometimes goes to the gym with them. DailyMail also identified photographs of one of the brothers inside the gym in Smollett’s apartment building in June.
The gym is private to residents of the luxury condominium building. On Thursday night, the star was accused by anonymous police sources cited by local networks of staging the attack.
The sources accused Smollett of orchestrating the hoax because he was being written out of the show and wanted to drum up publicity to save his role.
In his reports to police, Smollett says he was attacked by two assailants in a racist, homophobic ambush during which they called him ‘Empire f****t n****r’ and shouted: ‘This is MAGA country!’