Jussie Smollett story unravels; Chicago cops raid home of two Nigerian suspects who worked with ‘Empire’ actor

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Jussie Smollett attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "Empire" at The Robin Williams Center on November 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
(Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

The narrative that two Trump supporters attacked Hollywood actor Jussie Smollett outside his apartment building in Chicago last month appears to be crumbling faster than a day-old muffin.

Recall that Smollett claimed in late January that two men had assaulted him, poured bleach on him and placed a noose around his neck, all while allegedly yelling racial and homophobic slurs and allegedly shouting “MAGA country.” FYI, Chicago hasn’t had a Republican mayor since 1931, but OK.

The dubious description of the alleged attack provided to local authorities led the left to assume the perpetrators were racist white men who of course represent all of President Donald Trump’s nearly 63 million supporters. Except the actual facts seem to show something else.

On Thursday local Chicago authorities raided the home of two “persons of interests,” both of them Nigerian brothers. At the home authorities found “a black face mask hat, an ‘Empire’ script, a phone, receipts, a red hat and bleach,” according to Los Angeles station KCAL.

“Empire” is an ongoing Fox series that stars Smollett. According to the two men’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, they know the actor and have worked with him on the series.


“They do know Jussie. They have worked with him on ‘Empire.’ My preliminary investigations show that on set it’s very tight. They’re all very cordial with each other, so they’re baffled why they are people of interest,” she said to the station.

Perhaps they wouldn’t be as baffled if they examined the facts. The two were reportedly arrested while arriving back into the U.S. at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

“They were actually detained at customs at O’Hare airport yesterday around 5:45 p.m. They had no idea what was going on, and they’ve been detained since then,” their attorney admitted.

Nothing suspicious about that, right? Except according to a relative who lives at their home with them, the two left had left for Nigeria the exact same day that Smollett was attacked.

Hmm …

The two were identified Friday morning by the Daily Mail as actors and gym rats Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo. Smollett reportedly follows their Instagram account:

It’s a ?? ting.

A post shared by TEAM ABEL (@team_abel) on

What remains unclear is why on Earth they’d attack their colleague. Some speculation has arisen that perhaps Smollett and the two men had staged the attack.

“Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of ‘Empire,'” Chicago station WLS reported late Thursday evening.

A reporter with Chicago station WBBM claimed the same thing:

However, shortly after these claims began circulating, the Chicago Police Department’s chief communications officer, Anthony Guglielmi, seemingly dismissed them as false.

“Media reports anout (sic) the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives,” he tweeted. “Supt Eddie Johnson has contacted @ABC7Chicago to state on the record that we have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate.”


Note his use of the word “unconfirmed.”

Fox issued its own statement also dismissing the allegation:

A couple hours later Chicago station WFLD reporter Rafer Weigel tweeted that the two men were still in custody and that questioning would resume Friday.

As of Friday morning there were no additional reports. There was just anger and frustration that the American people had again been hoodwinked by what to many appears be just another run-of-the-mill fake hate crime designed to make the president look bad.

List of previous fake hate crimes:



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