Jussie Smollett Reportedly Sexually Involved With Alleged Attacker Abel Osundairo
In 2019, actor Jussie Smollett had claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment.
The “Empire” actor had told police the two attackers made reference to Make America Great Again (MAGA) – the slogan often used by President Donald Trump and his supporters.
An investigation into the alleged January 29, 2019 attack had the police arrest the actor for allegedly orchestrating the incident.
The police said the actor orchestrated the incident and paid two men who were acquaintances from the TV show on which he starred — Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo — to stage the attack for publicity because he was upset with his salary on the Fox show, Empire.
Charges were later dropped without a plea after Smollett agreed to surrender his $10,000 bail and perform 16 hours of community service.
However, in 2020, he was indicted again by a special prosecutor in Illinois on six counts of making false reports to police that he was a victim of a hate crime.
A report by Page Six now claims that Smollett may have been more than just friends with one of his alleged attackers Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo.
It is reported that Smollett and Abel were frequent visitors at an upscale Chicago gay bathhouse.
“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],” an insider told Page Six, adding that the bathhouse records may be subpoenaed in Smollett’s upcoming trial on charges of disorderly conduct.
Since the incident occurred, the Osundairo brothers have denied being gay and even sued Smollett’s Hollywood lawyers, Tina Glandian and Mark Geragos, last year for defamation after they insinuated there was a sexual relationship between Smollett and one of the brothers in an interview with “Good Morning America.”
The suit claimed the comments put them and their family, who are Nigerians, at risk due to the country’s laws that state homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years in prison.
“We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life. These lies are destroying our character and our reputation in our personal and professional lives,” their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, read in a statement on their behalf at the time.
A judge dismissed the defamation suit last month.
Smollett has continued to maintain innocence about asking the brothers to help him stage the attack against himself.
He plead not guilty to the charges and maintains he paid the brothers $3500 for performance enhancing drugs, not to stage a crime.