Jussie Smollett‘s career has been suffering since he was accused of staging a hate crime. At first it appeared the Osundairo brothers were riding high from all the press. Now the tide has changed.
TMZ reports “sources” close to Abel and Ola Osundairo claim they have not been able to land an agent and “they’ve reached out to about 10 of the top agencies in Chicago and none have been interested in signing them.”
Abel was signed to an agency but was dropped after the Smollett case went public.
Originally, their fitness training was skyrocketing but “many of their potential clients turned out to be feigning interest in getting in shape and were really looking to get details on Jussie’s case.”
That said, Abel did win an boxing competition on April 12.
As for Smollett, he is no longer being considered to play the lead role in the Broadway revival of “Take Me Out,” which is about a about a mixed-race baseball. Also, there have been several reports that this will be his last season on “Empire.”
Over the weekend, his older brother, JoJo Smollett wrote an essay for BET slamming the credibility of the Osundairo brothers, “Jussie had already refused to sign a complaint against the Osundarios, convinced that these men, one who he had considered a friend and the other an acquaintance, could not be his attackers. Most importantly, detectives refused to show Jussie video, photos, or any evidence to prove they were the attackers. The fact that these two brothers, who in the final hour confessed to attacking my brother yet say it was Jussie who told them to, is all the evidence that the police and the general public needed to be convinced, should be frightening to everyone.”
He continued, “With not one inkling of solid evidence, many believed the false witness testimony from two suspects who turned into witnesses, even though they lacked standard credibility. It was under-reported that one of the “witnesses” had previously been arrested for attempted murder ending with a plea deal for aggravated battery, or that the brothers repeatedly expressed homophobia on their social media in the past. Additionally, it was never reported that they changed their story while under police interrogation.”
Olabinjo Osundairo was charged with attempted murder in 2011. The Chicago Sun-Times reported two months ago, “Court records show that Olabinjo Osundairo was charged with attempted murder in a 2011 stabbing.
Olabinjo Osundairo allegedly reached a plea deal “with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery; he was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $674 fine.”
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 16 felony counts being dropped.
Jussie Smollett has maintained his innocence.