Jussie Smollett’s Team Insists Attack On Actor Was Real
Some few months ago, the media was in a frenzy with the news that Hollywood actor, Jussie Smollett was attacked in a homophobic and racist attack.
A few weeks down the line and according to an investigation by the Chicago police and the attack was reported as a fake and staged one despite the “Empire” actor insisting that it happened. The screen star is alleged to have connived with two Nigerian brothers, Abel and Caleb Osundairo to orchestrate the ‘attack’.
In a new report by the celebrity gossip site, TMZ, Smollett’s camp is very upset over what they believe are untrue stories about what actually went down in January when Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
According to the TMZ report, sources directly tied to Smollett say the media has mischaracterized a text he sent to Abel Osundairo four days before the incident, where he said,
“Might need your help on the low. You around to meet up and talk face to face?”
However, it is gathered that those close to Smollett insists the texts had nothing to do with a fake attack. Instead, he says the text was referencing a herbal steroid that reduces belly fat that was illegal in the U.S. According to his camp, Smollett said he wanted Abel to buy the pills when he went to Nigeria. They also insist that shortly after receiving the text, Abel googled “banned supplements” and “steroids” on his phone.
Asides this, Smollett’s camp also lashed out at the media about a phone call Smollett made to Abel after the incident. They say the media made it look like Smollett and Abel were in an ongoing conspiracy to make the “attack” seem real. It is learned that his team is of the opinion that the call was to give Abel a heads up detectives would be calling him to corroborate Smollett’s timeline.
Another issue of contention for Smollett’s camp is that the Police Superintendent who claimed Smollett’s wounds were self-inflicted, claiming Jussie didn’t mention anything to the doorman as he entered his apartment building after the incident. The actor’s camp says the record is clear the doorman mentioned the cuts on his face, and Smollett responded, “I was just jumped.”
Abel also reportedly texted Smollett hours after the alleged attack writing,
“Bruh say it ain’t true. I’m praying for speedy recovery. S**t is wild. [prayer emoji].”
On a final note, the camp also points to police documents and express they are upset that the media jumped on Smollett’s initial statement that his attackers were white. They point to a security guard at the nearby Sheraton hotel who saw the 2 alleged assailants running from the scene wearing ski masks. The guard flashed a light at one of them, saw his eyes and nose bridge and told cops the person was white.
It would be recalled that Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury although the case was later dismissed.