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The Nigerian brothers, Abel and Ola Osundario, who say they were paid to stage an attack on Jussie Smollett, are now saying they’ll no longer testify willingly against the disgraced actor.
The news coming as Smollett’s name resurfaced this week, after the fiasco over a garage pull rope in place for months being in the stall of NASCAR’s only black driver, Bubba Wallace. Eager to prove it’s no longer a redneck sport, leadership jumped to the conclusion that it was a “noose,” calling it a “heinous” act, and the driver was quick to play the victim — when the FBI determined that no hate crime had occurred, that the noose was simply a pull rope, Wallace was widely compared to Smollett.
In what seems like a lifetime ago, Smollett allegedly staged what he claimed to be a racist and homophobic attack against him in January 2019, as he was heading to a Subway late one dark and cold Chicago night — the Nigerian brothers told police he paid them $3,500 to feign the attack.
Smollett would tell police that while his attackers were wearing ski masks, he could see around the eyes of one that he was “white-skinned.” To give the story an added touch of juice, he claimed one of them said, “This is MAGA country.”
The actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct over the false report, only to see them later dropped — this is Chicago. When the firestorm refused to die down, Smollet would be subjected to a fresh round of charges this past February, according to CBS Chicago.
And while the Osundario brothers were willing to testify against Smollett at trial, their attorney, Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, is now saying that is no longer the case – in part because the brothers say they’re still treated like suspects, despite being cleared by police, CBS 2 reported.
While investigating the alleged crime, police identified the brothers as persons of interest and raided their home. Quick to rat out Smollett, they were released without charges.
They now want their stuff back.
“It’s been over a year and they need to give us our stuff back,” Abel Osundairo said. “I would understand if we were defendants in the case, which we are not.”
Chicago police raided their apartment on Valentine’s Day 2019 and took a list of items, to include a safe containing a 9mm gun and ammunition.
“Legally, it belongs to me, and I want to know its whereabouts,” Abel said of the gun.
“Most of the stuff isn’t even mine,” he added. “They belong to my oldest brother, my mother, my sister. They even took my dog’s toy.”
Rodriguez has filed a motion with a judge for their belongings to be returned, the CBS affiliate noted.
Chicago Police said the 9mm gun is accounted for and is being preserved as evidence, and that they will cooperate with a court order to produce the evidence.
The comparison between Smollett and Wallace highlights a troubling fact for the left, that being that while they insist America is a racist nation, more often than not, hate crimes that make the news end up being hoaxes.
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