Cops: Brothers described how Jussie Smollett staged a hoax The brothers who were arrested as possible suspects in the case detailed how they were paid to stage a hoax, according to detectives. Jussie Smollett staged a hoax. Detectives have reviewed reports from the brothers and people interviewed with them in a 43-page police report. They revealed the brothers thought if they pulled the hoax it would receive more play in media. The brothers also stated that they wanted to protect Smollett ‘s character, which they said was in jeopardy. CBS has heard reports that a random social media post created a “false rumor” about them. Cops say Smollett has paid the men $3,500 to stage the attack against him as an extortion scam, and it is being investigated by the FBI.
The FBI is also investigating if there was money laundering involved in Smollett’s staged attack as wellSmollett recently wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump, saying he is ready to “participate in the healing process” and wants to rebuild trust with the American people. Smollett writes he has been “surrounded by love” from those he cares about, especially his mother and brothers. It’s the first personal statement from Smollett since his arrest on suspicion of filing a false police report. Smollett’s attorneys met with Chicago police for hours Monday in hopes of gaining the actor’s release. Police believe Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage the attack. The brothers told police that Smollett hired them to carry out the attack because he was unhappy with his salary.
Prosecutors said the brothers told police how Smollett paid them $3,500 to attack him Investigators are also reviewing phone records to see if Smollett was in touch with the brothers during the time of the attack. Smollett gave an interview to Robin Roberts of ABC on Good Morning America on Thursday in which he denied that he staged the attack. Police say the interview is inadmissible in court but have agreed to discuss the contents of the interview before Smollett’s court appearance. If convicted, Smollett could face three to seven years in prison. During a news conference late Friday, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said authorities were investigating a “disturbing” social media post that appears to show one of the brothers working as a stand-in for Smollett.
The photo shows Abel and Olabinjo Osundairo wearing the same clothes and in the same location as Smollett in a photo-op that was streamed live on Facebook last month Johnson said the post was in response to police releasing a grainy image of the two men. The post also claimed the brothers had received a ton of hate mail, were punched in the face, and had bleach poured on them by someone else in response to the viral photo, Johnson said. Johnson said Smollett paid the men $3,500 to stage the attack, and they are being investigated by the FBI. He said the Chicago Police Department “would like to clarify that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will decide if evidence of a crime is presented to the federal prosecutors and the FBI, not the CPD.
” Johnson said the amount of money paid to the brothers is irrelevant because Smollett paid them to stage the attack, not for insuranceThe Chicago Police Department wants the FBI to investigate whether there was any money laundering. Johnson also said it is too early to know if Smollett will face additional charges. He also said Smollett did not provide authorities with the names of anyone who hired the men but that it does not appear the attack was planned outside of Chicago. The Associated Press contributed to this report. .