The local CBS News is reporting a new twist in the Empire star Jussie Smollett’s hate hoax attack. Several new items of information have been revealed that further incriminate ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett. The latest report shows just how involved the three men were in executing the hate hoax where Smollett claimed two men yelled: “This is MAGA country!”

The Nigerian brothers, Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo, are telling police officers that Smollett paid them $3,500 to commit the hate hoax and then would pay them another $500 upon their return from Nigeria to the US. They are also saying that the hate hoax was rehearsed.

CBS News reports:

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.

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The rope used in the attack was purchased at a local hardware store by the brothers.

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The Chicago police gathered evidence (see below) that included many of the items reportedly used in the attack including a red hate, bleach and a rope.

The Chicago police and FBI continue to investigate who sent threatening letters to Smollett eight days before the attack happened:

TMZ reports:

When police raided the home of the 2 brothers they found magazines with pages torn out, and authorities are now trying to determine if the missing pages are connected to the threatening letter that was sent to Jussie 8 days before the alleged attack.


This could produce another twist in the story that’s been in the national spotlight for weeks.

Smollett hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him. The attorney has already released a statement defending Smollett:

“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. 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.

“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.

The Nigerian brothers are living at an undisclosed location while police continue to investigate this hate hoax.

The Chicago police continue to investigate the crime where the victim could become the suspect.

CBS’ Brad Edwards reports:


Chicago’s CBS2 reports:

Two sources with intimate knowledge of the investigation tell CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards the attack on Smollett was potentially orchestrated by the actor himself and involved the two other men.


Charlie De Mar of CBS Chicago posted a photo of the list of things taken from the apartment of the two Nigerian men.


One item is a script from the show ‘Empire’.


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