Jussie Smollett Testifies Osundairo Brothers Asked For $2 Million To Say They Weren’t Involved In Any Hoax – CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Jussie Smollett’s protection staff rested their case on Tuesday, after the actor claimed the Osundairo brothers — the important thing prosecution witnesses within the case — requested him for $2 million to “go away” and say there weren’t concerned in any hoax.

Smollett mentioned Abel and Ola Osundairo — who’ve mentioned Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage a faux hate crime in opposition to him — advised him after the incident that they had been keen to publicly say they weren’t a part of any hoax if he paid them $1 million every.

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Smollett mentioned the brothers didn’t contact him instantly with their request for $2 million, reasonably claiming an Osundairo consultant reached out to a consultant of Smollett.

However, Smollett mentioned he by no means paid them any money. Earlier at trial, Abel Osundairo denied asking Smollett for $1 million every for him and his brother to not testify in opposition to Smollett.

He first took the stand Monday, describing his alleged assault and claiming he was the sufferer of an precise hate crime in January 2019.

During his two days on the stand, Smollett has advised jurors he paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to assist him with coaching and diet recommendation, to not stage a faux hate crime in opposition to himself.

Smollett, who as soon as starred on the hit present “Empire,” faces six counts of disorderly conduct, accused of orchestrating a faux assault in opposition to himself almost three years in the past, after which mendacity to police about it, in a bid for publicity.

Smollett, who’s Black and homosexual, had advised police he was attacked as he was strolling house in Streeterville round 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, 2019. He claimed two masked males – one among them additionally sporting a pink hat – shouted racist and homophobic slurs as they beat him, put a noose round his neck, and poured a chemical on him. Police and prosecutors have mentioned Smollett orchestrated it himself, paying the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to assist stage the assault, as a result of he was sad with “Empire” producers’ response to hate mail he had obtained.

As particular prosecutor Dan Webb questioned Smollett on Tuesday about video of him choosing up the Smollett brothers at their days earlier than the assault, for what the brothers have claimed was a “dry run” for the assault, Smollett once more denied recruiting Ola Osundairo to stage a hoax.

“As I have said for the past three years, I deny that. That never happened,” Smollett testified. “To answer all your questions about the hoax, I am going to deny. There was no hoax.”

Smollett mentioned he and the brothers drove from Lakeview to Streeterville, the place they deliberate to work out, however ended up scrapping that plan. Instead, they ended up simply driving round and smoking weed. Smollett admitted they ended up driving previous the staircase the place the assault later occurred three or 4 instances, however he insisted there was nothing uncommon about them simply driving round and smoking pot.

However, the Osundairo brothers have testified they had been really scouting out the situation earlier than staging the assault.

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Webb additionally questioned Smollett in regards to the night time of the assault, when Smollett flew into Chicago from New York. Smollett despatched Abel Osundairo a number of messages on Instagram that night time, and testified he was protecting in contact as a result of they’d a coaching session scheduled, and his flight was repeatedly delayed.

Prosecutors have contended Smollett and the Osundairo brothers had been planning out a staged assault, however Smollett once more denied planning a hoax.

“You deny that you told brothers to be there at 2 a.m.?” Webb requested, referring to the location of the assault.

“That’s a bold-faced lie,” Smollett testified.

When requested if he was testifying the 2 masked males who attacked him had been the Osundairo brothers, Smollett mentioned, “No, I don’t know that. There’s no way for me to know that, Mr. Webb.”

Asked how he didn’t acknowledge Abel Osundairo’s bodily build and voice throughout the assault, Smollett mentioned issues occurred quick, and he wasn’t pondering within the second to ask “is that you?”

Webb additionally confirmed Smollett a neighborhood alert Chicago police later issued, exhibiting surveillance photos of two “persons of interest” within the assault, noting the Osundairo brothers have admitted they’re the lads within the photos. Asked if he has any motive to doubt the Osundairo brothers once they mentioned it was them strolling that night time, Smollett mentioned, “I doubt every word they say.”

Smollett mentioned he assumed his attackers had been white, as a result of he noticed pale pores and skin across the eyeholes of their ski masks, and since they used racial slurs.

Smollett wrapped up his testimony early Tuesday afternoon, and his protection staff then known as their final witness, the Uber driver who picked up the Osundairo brothers in Lakeview the night time of the assault.

The Uber driver mentioned he believed he heard the brothers speaking on the telephone as he drove them south from Lakeview, they usually later modified the vacation spot of their journey, contradicting the brothers’ earlier testimony that they didn’t have their telephones with them throughout that journey, as a result of Smollett requested them to not deliver them. However, the motive force mentioned he by no means really noticed them with a telephone.

The protection rested its case Tuesday afternoon.

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Closing arguments will likely be offered on Wednesday morning, after which the case will go to the jury.

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