Jussie Smollett's Staged Hate Crime To Go To Grand Jury, Likely Motive Revealed

Police sources have said Jussie Smollett's case will go before a grand jury to determine if charges should be filed.

Chicago, IL – A likely motive has been released for why actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a hate crime as more details have been leaked.

Chicago police said Sunday that they needed to talk with the actor again following new developments in the investigation, NBC News reported.

"While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what's been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident," Chicago Police Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi wrote in a post on Twitter.

However, Smollett’s attorneys told NBC News there were no plans for Smollett to meet with police, and that they would be handling that dialog for him.

The actor has hired criminal defense attorney Michael Monico, a former federal prosecutor who also recently represented Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, according to the New York Post.

Smollett told investigators he was walking home from a Subway restaurant in his Streeterville neighborhood in the early hours of Jan. 29 when he was jumped by two masked men, the Associated Press reported.

He said the men beat him, and hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Smollett, 36, told police that the men threw an unknown substance on him and put a noose around his neck before they ran off, according to the Associated Press.

The actor told police that he returned to his own apartment and that his manager called police for him about 40 minutes later, according to Guglielmi.

Smollett went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment of the lacerations on his face and neck at the suggestion of police officers.

Police initially investigated the attack as a possible hate crime, Guglielmi said.

Smollett is a well-known and vocal LGBTQ activist in addition to his entertainment career, according to the Associated Press.

However, the narrative began to turn after Chicago police reviewed hundreds of hours of closed-circuit camera footage from city cameras and private security cameras in the heavily-trafficked area searching for video of the incident, and found no evidence of the attack, Billboard reported.

Speculation about the report being false continued to grow after Smollett refused to allow the Chicago police access to his phone to confirm his story that he was attacked while talking to his manager.

His manager told police that he heard Smollett’s attackers say “This is MAGA country” while they were assaulting the actor, NBC News reported.

Thirteen days after the assault, partial, redacted phone records were provided to investigators but police said that what was provided wasn’t enough for their criminal investigation.

On Feb. 13, Smollett went on Good Morning America and told the world he was a victim, and said nobody would be doubting his story if he had claimed his attackers were minorities.

"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more, and that says a lot about the place we are in our country right now," Smollett said.

The very next morning, Chicago police announced they had identified two persons of interest “through meticulous investigation.”

On Feb. 15, police arrested two Nigerian brothers in Chicago’s O’Hare airport on suspicion that they may have been involved in the crime.

Ola and Abel Osundairo had both been extras on “Empire,” and were friends of Smollett, WBBM reported.

They searched the men’s apartment and found rope matching what was used to create the noose in the attack on Smollett, as well as magazines with missing pages that may have been used to create a threatening letter the actor claimed to have received on Jan. 22.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was already investigating the letter, constructed of glued on letters cut from magazine pages, received by Smollett at the FOX studio in Chicago where his TV show is filmed, the Associated Press reported.

The letter contained a white powder that was determined to be crushed up aspirins, but it generated a HAZMAT response from authorities when it was first received.

WBBM reported that Smollett described the letter he received as “a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing toward it,” and said the return address read “MAGA.”

Now law enforcement sources have told WBBM that Smollett may have staged the attack on himself with the Osundairo brothers because he didn’t feel the threatening letter was getting enough attention.

Law enforcement sources said one of the brothers purchased the rope at the Crafty Beaver Hardware Store in Ravenswood with money provided by Smollett.

The Osundairo brothers told police that Smollett paid them $3,500 for the staged attack, and that the three of them actually rehearsed it ahead of time, WBBM reported.

They were supposed to have been paid another $500 when they returned from Nigeria. They left Chicago on a trip to Nigeria the day after the attack.

“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens,” the Osundairo brothers said in a joint statement to WBBM on Monday.

Smollett had previously told police he wanted to press charges against his attackers when they were found; however, he changed his tune and refused to sign complaints against the Osundairo brothers, claiming that he felt badly for them.

Official police sources have consistently denied that reports that police were considering it a hoax.

But TMZ reported that the case would be going before a grand jury as early as Tuesday.

TMZ reported that prosecutors will be presenting evidence to the grand jury that could result in a felony indictment against Smollett for filing a false police report.

Law enforcement said that investigators had seen a lot of red flags early in the investigation.

TMZ reported that detectives thought it was strange that Smollett was able to point out cameras near the area where he was attacked.

And the only people of interest captured on any of the cameras along the actor’s route home the night of the attack turned out to be the Osundairo brothers.

Investigators tracked down the brothers by their movements to and from nearby Smollett’s apartment building on the night of the alleged attack, TMZ reported.

Police sources said the men left the scene in a taxi or rideshare car, and then changed cars on the way home.

“It was almost like a bad spy movie,” a police source told TMZ.

Five of Smollett's nine scheduled scenes this week, plus a big musical number, have been cancelled in the wake of the revelations, TMZ reported.

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JBo
JBo

I see a train coming...

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Where hate does exist it becomes necessary for it to be invented to confirm the Liberal Narrative on race that only whites can be violently racist.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Smollett's career is now going to go down the "toilette" and he has no one to blame but himself despite orchestrated efforts to the contrary. Almost like a "self hate crime" if you think about it. It appears that this privileged young man wanted to create a false narrative to gain himself attention and paint himself as a victim and thus, a hero.....and all he has now done is paint himself into a box in a corner ....... Readers- start looking and listening for all the politicians and TV and Hollywood celebrities who were so quick to believe this troubled "man" and if they will recant their own statements.... or will you hear crickets chirping??

The truth will set you free Jussie.

rcpilot2000
rcpilot2000

Aren't staged fake hate crimes "Hate Crimes"?

Bhosad
Bhosad

What a moron, way to throw away your career. He needs to go to jail for pulling this crap. Faking a hate crime to get attention in a city like Chicago?? He could have caused a retaliatory shitstorm. Not to mentioned diverting valuable time and assets to investigate his BS story...

LEO0301
LEO0301

He certainly won't have trouble finding dates in jail.

Drewster
Drewster

This is being handled in Chicago, one of the most politically-corrupt cities in the country... the same city that begot both Obamas and Valarie Jarrett. (Don't think they aren't influencing the outcome.) He'll likely only have to pay a fine, do "community service", and make a formal apology... which will likely state he was suffering depression after learning of being written out of Empire. The mainstream media will then quickly leave him alone, as they do all Democrats after they get caught committing illegal acts... catch & release.

Street Cop
Street Cop

Militant Homosexuals who fear they are going to lose their minority status and have to go back in the closet.

186
186

Given that Chicago is run by far left police hating liberals. He has nothing to worry about.

RPG156
RPG156

I'm not holding out much hope that the courts will follow up on what the police have uncovered. He's unlikely to get any jail time, but I would expect him to be out tons of money for the lawyer and PR firm to unscrew his life... I would enjoy seeing him be forced to pay for the manhours wasted for the investigation into this bogus claim and also for the HAZMAT response and lab testing for the letter that he says was sent to him with a white powder found to be aspirin.

61mouse
61mouse

Where are his BLM buddies ....ROFLMAO

61mouse
61mouse

To me I just hope this makes everyone that stuck up for him look like assholes .....oh who am I kidding those people would have to have a brain and a heart

365
365

Let's hope this ends with his indictment by the grand jury and GMA and the rest of the media learning a lesson. But don't hold your breath on the second one.

Astow
Astow

I think they should also arrest his manager for lying to detectives! Also, what about the “neighbor” who said they saw a couple of “rednecks” who didn’t fit in the neighborhood!

DixieBlue
DixieBlue

Just think of all the hours of work that went into this mess that could have been spent on something REAL. What a selfish person he is. At any time, he could have stopped it and it quietly gone away. I suspect he will check into a mental facility now and claim that he was dealing with emotional issues at the time.....as if that would be more forgivable.