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Jussie Smollett Paid Two Nigerian Brothers To Attack Him– Chicago Police



Two Nigerian brothers identified as Ola and Abel Osundairo arrested in connection with the attack on ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett are said to be cooperating with the police.

We gathered that the brothers were paid $3,500 to conduct the assault against actor Smollett, who claimed to be attacked based on racism and homophobia.

Ola Osundairo is connected to Smollett through the hit show “Empire” where he played a prisoner in season two. Police said the two men, Ola and Abel, were captured on surveillance video at the time that Smollett said he was attacked.

A source close to the investigation on the brothers confirmed to CBS News that the brothers told detectives Smollett paid them to participate in the alleged attack on January 29 and that they purchased the rope — which was found around Smollett’s neck — at a nearby hardware store.

The source said detectives have evidence to corroborate the sale, something the men’s attorney alluded to Friday night. “New evidence that was brought to their attention, obviously I had it, my clients had it,” said Gloria Schmidt, the brothers’ attorney.

The investigators in Chicago Police released a statement on Saturday night confirming that “the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

Both brothers apparently left Chicago on the day of the alleged attack and were detained when they returned Wednesday. Chicago detectives tore through their apartment looking for clues, and an evidence log shows they found ropes, masks and bleach. They were released Friday night without charges.

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