Jussie Smollett reportedly rehearsed attack days before incident

2019-02-19 03:27:53 GMT2019-02-19 11:27:53(Beijing Time) 菲律宾申博在线代理开户登入

There are more developments late Monday in the Jussie Smollett case.

TMZ cites law enforcement officials who allege the Empire actor rehearsed the attack against him days before the incident with Abel and Ola Osundairo, the brothers police brought in for questioning last week.

According to TMZ, the Osundairo brothers allegedly told cops they scouted a location with Smollett for the attack, which the actor wanted to make a “physical thing” but not too extreme where he’d be seriously injured. They purportedly chose a place near the actor’s apartment thinking the attack would be caught on camera. (It wasn’t, as the camera was pointed in the wrong direction.)

In a statement to Chicago’s CBS2, the brothers said, “We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”

Yahoo reached out to Smollett’s lawyers to comment on the report, but did not immediately receive a response. However, the actor’s attorneys denied Saturday he “played a role in his own attack.”

Sources inside the Chicago P.D. are floating a possible motive as to why Smollett may have staged an assault.

CBS2 cites multiple sources saying Smollett paid two men to carry out the assault because he was upset that the threatening letter sent to Fox studios in January didn’t get a “bigger reaction.” An insider said, “When the letter didn’t get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack.”

ABC News reports the Osundairo brothers told authorities they helped Smollett orchestrate the attack after the actor became upset that the note threatening his life did not get enough attention.

Prior to these reports, Smollett’s lawyers Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson issued a statement that their client would not be meeting with police Monday, but that they “will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf. We have no further comment today.”

Agencies

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