Game on: Jussie Smollett’s alleged ‘attackers’ apparently flip, agree to testify against him


CHICAGO, IL – This week, Jussie Smollett’s alleged attackers said they would not testify against him, according to Fox News

Abel Osundaro, one of the alleged attackers, told CBS 2 in Chicago:

“It’s been over a year and they still won’t give us our stuff back.” 

Then they apparently changed their minds again and now say they’re in and will testify.

It is being reported that Osa and Abel Osundaro are once again cooperating with authorities as the “stuff” Abel referred to (possibly a 9mm handgun) has been located.

The brothers had already testified in front of the grand jury. This means that even if they had decided to withhold further testimony, the prosecutor would have been able to present their previous statements in court.

This situation of flip-flopping on testimony cooperation sounds an awful lot like Smollett’s flip-flopping on the claims of being attacked. This has done serious harm to crime victims everywhere. 

It has also spawned a new word, where much like Kleenex and Q-Tips are brand names for tissues and cotton swabs, “Smoletting” now is claiming to be a crime victim, when in fact, you perpetrated the crime upon yourself.

Reddit has an entire threat dedicated to alleged incidents of smolletting.

These include stories of a former NFL player who was accused of painting slurs on walls to fake hate crimes and a gay man who allegedly sent homophobic slurs to himself as part of an extortion plot.

In light of the protesting and rioting that is going on right now, one has to wonder if the “stuff” the Osundaro brothers were really concerned with was the 9mm gun or if there’s something more in the works. 

As tensions rise and racial unrest abounds, there are plenty of opportunities for Smolletting, and no doubt some incidents that have already taken place. 

As early as 2019 the Wall Street Journal reported that of 346 hate crime-allegations, less than a third were genuine.  A gay pastor in Texas accused a Whole Foods store of selling him a cake with a slur writing in icing.

At the University of Buffalo, signs indicating “whites only” and “blacks only” were placed on bathroom doors, but it was determined that a black graduate student placed them there. 

And more.

Wilfred Reilly, a Chicago native, is the author of a book, “Hate Crime Hoax,” in which he talks about the publicity that people are trying to seek by faking these crimes and the damage they can do when a real crime takes place.

However, Mr. Reilly does express his main concern with the growing politicization of hate crimes regardless of their being real crimes or merely inventions. 

In fact, back in 2019, Mr. Reilly was already talking about how there are many entities with a strong interest in growing racial tensions in the United States. He said these ranged “from civil-rights organizations to corporate diversity officers to professors of race and gender.”

For now, the trial of the Smolletting namesake appears to be back on track with the Osundaro brothers back in the witness chairs. 

We can only hope that the jury sees this for what it is, renders an appropriate verdict and the judge issues an appropriate sentence. 

And then, we can hope that Chicago doesn’t burn itself down over this.

Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s most recent previous report on Smollett.

The saga of Jussie Smollett continues. A Cook County judge had denied the actor’s legal team’s motion claiming a violation of double jeopardy in relation to the charges Smollett is currently facing regarding the alleged hate-crime hoax.

Most are likely well-aware at this point what the Smollett case encircles, in which the “Empire” actor claimed he was attacked by two Caucasian men donning MAGA hats and holding a noose in January 2019.

Flash forward to February of 2019, and police had reason to believe that the actor had perpetrated a hoax and actually hired two Nigerian men to stage the hate-crime.

On February 20th, 2019, police had indicted Smollett under charges related to disorderly conduct and filing a false police report. But, by March of that same year, prosecutors decided to drop the case altogether.

The dropping of the charges proved to be a fairly controversial decision and was rightfully met with criticism. So, in February of 2020, Smollett found himself being indicted once again after a special prosecutor conducted an investigation into the alleged 2019 attack and charged Smollett with six counts of filing a false police report.

In response to these new charges, Smollett attempted to say that the six counts levied were somehow a violation under the double jeopardy clause.

There’s just one glaring issue with the motion to dismiss the case under the double jeopardy clause: Smollett never actually engaged in any officiated legal proceedings in 2019 since the charges were initially dropped.

Cook County Judge James Linn was quite aware of the aforementioned, and said the following with regard to dismissing Smollett’s motion citing the double jeopardy clause:

“There was no trial in this case, there was no jury empaneled, no witnesses were sworn, no evidence was heard, no guilty pleas were ever entered … nothing like that ever happened. There was no adjudication of this case.”

Basically, Judge Linn gave Smollett the old “nice try buddy” and thus the case is moving forward against the actor.

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We at Law Enforcement Today have been keeping up with this case, and all the ridiculous elements attributed to it. Earlier this year, it was reported that the Nigerian brothers who allegedly helped Smollett bring to life the hate-crime hoax are prepared to testify against Smollett.

Word spread relatively fast about the actor having charges brought up against him for the alleged stunt he pulled last year.

While producers of the show Empire hinted at possibly bringing Smollett back on the cast, he might just be trading that “Empire” in for a 6×8 “bed and breakfast” if convicted.

Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo are frankly tired of being insulted by the legal team behind Smollett’s defense.

Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, one of the attorney’s representing the Nigerian brothers, noted that they don’t have any grudge against Smollett, they just want the truth to be finally told.

Apparently the two brothers have been getting smeared as liars by Smollett’s legal team throughout the entire debacle that’s been playing out.

Schmidt Rodriguez stated:

“Who is really attacking their character is just the lawyers. It’s not Jussie. It’s his lawyers who painted my clients to be self-serving sycophants to create a ruse to escape liability. It’s so offensive and so hurtful.”

When you understand the levels that Smollett’s legal team stooped to, you’d understand where the brothers’ sentiments of offense come from.

Tina Glandian, Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, actually suggested that Smollett described his attackers as “white” to police because the brothers “might have been wearing white face”.

Glandian then justified this statement by pointing to a 2016 YouTube video where Abel Osundairo dressed up as the Joker from Batman.


Nigerian brothers accused in staged hate crime set to testify against Smollett: "We want the truth to be told."
Abel Osundairo with his face painted as the Joker from The Dark Knight- Screenshot from YouTube

At this point, the brothers believe they won’t feel better unless it’s proven that Smollett has been the one lying all along. Schmidt Rodriguez commented on that note:

“They don’t feel vindicated. A real vindication would be when a court of law says, ‘OK Mr Smollett — you were guilty of lying.’ At that point they would.” 

According to the attorney for the two brothers, had they known this was going to blow up the way it did they would have had no part of it:

“If they would have known the fall out, they would have never done this. They would have said, ‘ugh Jussie — thanks for nothing.’” 

From what the Osundairo brothers allege, Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with the goal to boost the actor’s career.

Although, we’re curious to know if the brothers or Smollett came up with the line “this is MAGA country” – because that had to be one of the most ridiculous elements of Smollett’s version of events.

Actually, the more radical idea was someone out walking to get Subway sandwiches at 2:00 a.m. in Chicago while the average overnight temperature is 22 degrees in January.

Whatever comes of this case, hopefully the prosecutors don’t drop this one again.

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