American actor Jussie Smollett indicted for enlisting 2 Nigerian brothers to fake a hate crime against himself for bigger salary

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Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted for using Nigerian brothers to fake a hate crime against himself, a year after similar charges were surprisingly dismissed despite the mountain of evidence presented against him.

The two Nigerian brothers, Olabingo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo

After a six-month investigation by a special prosecutor, a special Cook County grand jury said the “Empire” actor has been indicted on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to police about the January 2019 made up attack.

The African American gay actor claimed he was assaulted by two men who yelled racist and anti-gay slurs on a Chicago street.

But police established Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to stage an attack hoax. Police said he was unhappy with his salary on the hit show and wanted to garner publicity.

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