The plot thickens in the neverending story of Jussie Smollett’s hate crime investigation.
Back in January 2019, Smollett claimed that he was attacked by anti-gay, racist Trump supporters, brothers Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo Osundairo.
The New York Post is now reporting that the former Empire actor knew Abimbola from an upscale Chicago bathhouse.
The brothers who allegedly took part in what police say was a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett are expressing "tremendous regret" for their involvement https://t.co/UGKNhZgTx9 pic.twitter.com/WLXP6XXN9a
— CNN (@CNN) March 1, 2019
“They used to party together and he had a sexual relationship with [Abel]. They went to this affluent Chicago bathhouse multiple times and they had to show ID. It’s known as a bathhouse where a lot of affluent black gay men hang out. There should be a record [of their visits],” the anonymous source told Page Six, adding that “the bathhouse records may be subpoenaed in Smollett’s upcoming trial on charges of disorderly conduct.”
As NewNowNext previously reported, Smollett said he was brutally attacked in Chicago by two masked assailants using racist and homophobic slurs. These attackers also allegedly tied a rope around the out actor’s neck and poured bleach on him.
“My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves,” said Gloria Schmidt, the Osundairo brothers’ attorney, in a statement.
The Osundairo brothers were initially questioned by police as suspects, and “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” by providing evidence that they had been paid $3,500 by Smollett to orchestrate the assault.
The brothers, who are of Nigerian descent, were already believed to be acquaintances of Smollett. “We are not racist,” they said following their arrest and subsequent release without charges. “We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”
Smollett was sued by the City of Chicago for more than $130,000 to reimburse the police department for its hate crime investigation. He has maintained his innocence, however, and all charges against him were dropped. As a result of the drama surrounding his attack, Smollett was written off of Empire, which will air its series finale on April 21.