The brothers who declare they had been paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett to stage a racist, homophobic assault against him have now said they’re unwilling to testify against him.
Brothers Abel and Ola Osundario had been thrust into the general public eye in 2019 once they instructed the police that the actor had paid them $3,500 to leap him on a Chicago road in an effort to elevate his profile as a result of he was sad along with his function on the Fox drama.
The brothers had initially been cooperating with legislation enforcement because it tried to decide whether or not or not Smollett faked the ordeal. They had been on board to testify against the “Empire” actor however they’ve now modified their thoughts due partly to how police are dealing with proof seized from their dwelling greater than a yr in the past.
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Their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, instructed CBS 2 in Chicago that the Osundario brothers have modified their thoughts as a result of they really feel the Chicago Police Division is withholding a few of the objects seized from their dwelling in a Feb. 2019 raid that was executed whereas they had been nonetheless suspects. Nonetheless, the duo claims they’re nonetheless being handled like suspects and that objects seized within the raid are nonetheless being stored from them.
“It’s been over a year and they need to give us our stuff back,” Abel Osundairo instructed the outlet.
He added: “I would understand if we were defendants in the case, which we are not.”
Reportedly among the many objects seized throughout that raid was a 9mm gun and ammunition that Abel owned legally.
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Abel filed a police report and the brothers are allegedly in an administrative dispute with the police division to attempt to safe their property. CBS 2 confirmed that Chicago police are nonetheless in possession of the weapon, which is being preserved as proof. Police stated they may adjust to a decide’s order to flip over any proof.
Schmidt Rodriguez’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
Smollett, 38, was initially accused by Cook dinner County prosecutors of falsely reporting to police that the alleged phony assault was actual. Sixteen counts of disorderly conduct initially filed against him had been dismissed and Cook dinner County Circuit Choose Michael Toomin discovered Smollett’s first prosecution was invalid.
After one other investigation by particular prosecutor Dan Webb, six counts of the identical costs had been filed against Smollett, to which he pleaded not guilty earlier this yr.
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Smollett, who’s black and homosexual, instructed police on the time of the alleged assault that two masked males attacked him as he was strolling dwelling within the early hours of Jan. 29, 2019. He stated they made racist and homophobic insults, beat him and looped a noose round his neck earlier than fleeing, and that no less than considered one of his attackers was a white man who instructed him he was in “MAGA country,” a reference to President Trump’s marketing campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again.”