Report: Jussie Smollett Paid Nigerian Brothers Thousands to Help Him Stage Attack

Chris Menahan
Feb. 16, 2019

No one could have predicted this.

From CNN:
Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN that Chicago Police believe actor Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him that he reported late last month.

The men, who are brothers, were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of "new evidence."
The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs." He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett's neck at a hardware store in Chicago.
"The brothers, who were questioned by police this week before being released, were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria and were promised an additional $500 upon their return," CBS Chicago reported Saturday:
They left for Nigeria later in the day on Jan. 29, after the attack.

Sources said one of the brothers held the rope and poured bleach while the other wore a plain red hat and yelled slurs at Smollett.

The sources say the red hat was bought at an Uptown beauty supply store and that the attack was supposed to happen before Jan. 29. The brothers told detectives the three men rehearsed the attack days prior to it happening.

Smollett claims two men attacked him in Streeterville early Jan. 29 as he was heading to his apartment. He said they yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, poured a chemical on him and put a rope around his neck.
More from CBS Chicago's Charlie De Mar:

Fox 32 Chicago's Rafer Weigel:

ABC 7 Chicago's Rob Elgas:

Smollett's attorneys are denying the story:

In case you missed it, ABC News ran this sympathetic interview with Smollett just days ago:

All the Democratic front-runners and all the top Democrats went all in on this obvious hoax:

NAACP president Derrick Johnson suggested the so-called attack was "directly linked" to President Trump:

The ADL said the attack "is a disturbing reminder of the terrible homophobia & racism that plagues society."

So far, no one has apologized for anything. They're all sticking to their guns.

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