It’s been three long years coming but it’s finally time for the lying ‘Empire’ actor who tried to capitalize on a fake hate crime answer for his crimes. Actor Jussie Smollett will soon face the courts and according to the lawyers, he will also have to face the dirty details of his crime coming to light from the very men he hired to carry out his inciting plot.
Smollett reportedly hired two Nigerian brothers to ‘rough him up’ in a staged attack to frame Trump supporters as racists. Now, Politico reports that the key witnesses will be the brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo. The brothers say Smollett wrote them a check to stage the attack. They are expected to characterize Smollett as the star and director of an “attack” in full view of a surveillance camera that he mistakenly believed would record the whole event.
And, according to their lawyer, the brothers will also describe how Smollett drove them to the spot where the incident was to play out for a “dress rehearsal.”
“He was telling them ‘Here’s a camera, there’s a camera and here’s where you are going to run away,’” said their lawyer, Gloria Rodriguez.
“He [Smollett] was charged with felony disorderly conduct after law enforcement and prosecutors said he lied to police about what happened in the early morning hours of Jan. 29, 2019, in downtown Chicago. He has pleaded not guilty. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday. Disorderly conduct, a class 4 felony, carries a sentence of up to three years in prison but experts have said it is more likely that if Smollett is convicted he would be placed on probation and perhaps ordered to perform community service.
Smollett told police he was walking home from a Subway sandwich shop at 2 a.m. when two men he said recognized him from the TV show “Empire” began hurling racial and homophobic slurs at him. He said the men struck him, looped a makeshift noose around his neck and shouted, “This is MAGA country,” a reference to then-President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”
Smollett’s staged hate crime nearly ripped the nation apart as the media rushed to paint every supporter as violent domestic terrorists. Smollett should face charges in relation to the damage he tried to cause, but investigators have brought the actor up on charges they know he can be prosecuted for and we are all about to see how this plays out in court.