Homophobic Attack: New Evidence May Vindicate Jussie Smollett
Actor and musician Jussie Smollett say he has evidence that he did not pay two Nigerian brothers the sum of $3,500 to help stage a homophobic attack against himself.
Reports say a cheque showing that an amount and made payable from Smollett’s account to one of the alleged attackers also reflected a “5-week Nutrition/Workout program (Don’t Go)” written in the memo line.
Chicago Police said the cheque, which is dated January 23, supports their allegation that the Empire star paid the Osundairo brothers, Abel and Olabanjo to carry out the hoax assault six days later.
But sources told TMZ that the payment was really for training to help Smollett physically prepare for the music video of his song “Don’t Go.”
Other evidence that may be in Smollett’s favour includes a series of texts messages between himself and Abimbola outlining a healthy meal plan for the singer.
According to sources, the $3,500 total check accounted for $600-a-week for five weeks of the workout plan and $100-a-week for the food plan which will also run for five weeks.
Both Abimbola and Abel and Olabanjo appeared before a grand jury and reportedly said the payments were for Smollett’s training.
Smollett is in trouble for allegedly filing a false police report, and has been charged to court.
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