Reportedly Paid Brothers to Stage ‘Assault’
2/16/2019 4:22 PM PST
Jussie Smollett has turned from a presumed sufferer to suspect within the felony investigation into the alleged racist, homophobic assault, and sources say there may be mounting proof the two brothers who have been arrested and subsequently launched have been performing at Jussie’s behest.
Our sources say the brothers — each of whom labored on the “Empire” set — “fully cooperated” with Chicago cops throughout their interrogation over the previous couple of days.
One regulation enforcement supply tells TMZ no less than one of many brothers turned over his cellphone and there’s a name between him and Jesse within the neighborhood of however earlier than the “assault.” CNN is reporting the brothers bought what appears just like the rope Jussie had round his neck at a Chicago Ace Ironmongery store.
Numerous sources within the Chicago PD have instructed CNN virtually from the start there was broad sentiment Jussie’s model of occasions have been false, regardless of the celebration line that he was the sufferer of against the law.
As we instructed you … the Nigerian brothers by no means match the profile of Jussie’s alleged attackers, even after they have been arrested for battery. Not solely are they not white — which contradicts Smollett’s claims from the start — however “Empire” solid and crew sources inform us they’re very near Jussie … and so they’re pro-LGBTQ and anti-Trump too.
Chicago PD launched Abel and Ola late Friday evening because of “new proof” gathered from their interrogation … and mentioned they’re not suspects.
The brothers’ lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, says her shoppers have been launched based mostly on the key data they gave the cops … and so they have a narrative to inform “when the time is correct.”