Former Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s proclaimed innocence is looking more and more doubtful by the day.
Breitbart reports that a key witness testified on Thursday claiming that Smollet paid the man and his brother to carry out a racist and homophobic attack on him in 2019.
This latest bombshell testimony that calls Smollett’s claim into question comes from Olabinjo Osundairo, one of the two brothers allegedly involved in the hoax hate crime attack.
The “attackers” testify
According to Osundairo’s recollection of the events, Smollett told him that he had received hate mail while at a Chicago television studio and, in response to the hate mail, Smollett thought up “this crazy idea of having two MAGA supporters attack him.”
Osundairo testified that Smollett gave him and his brother, Abimbola Osundairo, a $100 bill to buy the supplies that they needed to carry out the hoax attack. Osundairo added that Smollett also paid them $3,500 for their acting services.
The supplies included both rope and gasoline, as Smollett, according to Osundairo, wanted the brothers to pour gasoline on him and put a noose around his neck. Osundairo testified that they ended up opting for bleach as he wasn’t comfortable using gasoline.
Smollett, Osundair claimed, also wanted Abimbola to punch him, and added that Smollett wanted the incident to look like a struggle from which he fought back.
Osundairo testified that it was his belief that Smollett wanted to publicize the attack on social media, rather than get the police involved.
The testimony largely coincides with the testimony that Abimbola Osundairo, the other brother, provided to the court the day before, making the case against Smollett even stronger.
As Fox News reported, during opening arguments, the prosecution, in addition to previewing the testimony of the Osundairo brothers, revealed that surveillance footage caught Smollett and the two brothers performing a “dry run” of the attack the day before it allegedly took place.
The 39-year-old Smollett faces six counts of felony disorderly conduct. The charges stem from the allegedly false police report Smollett provided to several different police officers on several different occasions following the hoax attack.
If found guilty of what’s considered a class 4 felony, Smollett could serve up to three years in prison. Experts, though, believe that he will most likely only get probation and possibly be ordered to perform community service if found guilty.