Regardless of what you believe in the Jussie Smollett case, one thing that is certain is the Nigerian-American brothers, Abel and Olabinjo Osundairo, admitted to attack the “Empire” actor. The entire case against Smollett from the Chicago Police Department has relied on the Osundairos when their appears to be no corroborating evidence. The truth might be somewhere in the middle but the Osundairos have faced no repercussions.
Yesterday it was reported that Smollett is no longer considered to play the lead role in the Broadway revival of “Take Me Out,” which is about a about a mixed-race baseball star who comes out as gay. Deadline reports the 36-year-old is no longer being considered since he has been accused of staging a hate crime.
It also appears that his role as Jamal Lyon on “Empire” is over. There have been several reports that this will be Smollett last season on “Empire.”
On the other hand, the careers of the Osundairo got a huge boost.
TMZ claims Team Abel fitness training is skyrocketing, according to the site, “The basic purchase will run ya $30 for a workout plan — does NOT include personal training. The premium plan will cost folks just $20 more … and it gets you a lot, including a diet program, strength training, power training, shred training and a 4-week meal plan.”
Abel Osundairo just won a boxing competition in Chicago last week even made it into Page Six, which read that he “took home the ‘senior novice division’ title Friday night following a technical knockout in the first round” and “the division is for less experienced boxers between 21 and 35 who weigh 178 pounds or less.”
Their futures appear bright, even with a previous record like Olabinjo Osundairo being charged with attempted murder in 2011.
TMZ reported earlier this month Gloria Schmidt, their former lawyer, told them to speak out publicly but they are refusing so she “bailed on them, saying she didn’t want to rep them anymore.”
In addition, according to court documents, the Associated Press claims, “Chicago police provided a six-night hotel stay with separate rooms and 24-hour security.” The hotel stay was “from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21 at the Chicago South Loop Hotel near the city’s McCormick Place convention center.” Also, “Assistance for food and incidentals were also provided” one report read. Rates for the Chicago South Loop Hotel are around $229 per night.
On Jan. 29, while walking to a subway, Smollett claimed two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
The city of Chicago is now suing Smollett for a half a million dollars. Kim Foxx, the Cook County State Attorney, has been attacked by the Chicago Police and is calling for a prob into the investigation.
Jussie Smollett has maintained his innocence.