The world sympathized with Jussie Smollett after he was reportedly violently attacked by two Trump supporters on Jan. 29th. However, after police began to investigate the incident, some disturbing leads were revealed. Chicago Police claim that they have evidence that the Empire star played a role in his attack. According to CNN, the police believe that Smollett paid the two men to plan the attack.
Smollett’s lawyers, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, released a statement denying that he would do such a thing.
“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” the statement read. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
The former suspects in the attack, Ola and Abel Osundairo, were released Friday (Feb. 15) evening and are cooperating with the police. Police found evidence that the two brothers purchased the rope that was put around Smollett’s neck during the attack.
Smollett knows the Osundairo brothers well because they have played extras on Empire for the past few years.
The 34-year-old has been frustrated about claims that he is lying about the attack.
“It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more,” Smollett said during an interview on Good Morning America. “And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now.”