2 Nigerians, an African American gay actor and a big lie | Chicago police detail the hate hoax Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021


Two Nigerian brothers were paid $3500 to stage a false attack on an African American open gay actor because he was dissatisfied with his salary, the Chicago Police Department said on Thursday.

The hate hoax took place on January 29. Back then, the actor received a lot of sympathy from many Americans opposed to racism, after he detailed how he was assaulted by two masked men who yelled racist statements at him, poured a chemical on him and wrapped a rope around his neck.

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Abimbola ‘Abel’ (left), 25, and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo (right) are the two brothers being questioned over the Jussie Smollett attack whose home was raided in Chicago on Wednesday 

But as the police began investigating the case, it became clear that it was all a lie. The “Empire” actor was not a victim, but a suspect in his own assault investigation.

Jussie Smollett paid the two brothers, Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo, to stage a hoax but over 50 cameras and 100 witnesses were able to establish that it was all a publicity stunt, the police said at a news conference.

The actor also sent himself a false racist letter and resorted to the attack when the letter failed to generate enough attention in the media.

Police said the actor exploited the divisions and pains of racism to advance his public profile.

The actor has denied these allegations and his lawyer has promised to defend him vigorously in court.

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Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba covers the White House, the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions for Today News Africa in Washington D.C. Simon can be reached on simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com

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