Jussie Smollett: The brothers’ confession video shows how the actor’s story fell apart

At the 47th hour of that arrest, in a small room fluorescently lit and painted a pleasant white, the brothers began to admit: It was all a hoax.

“He came up with this plan which shows how we are going to pretend to attack him, near his house,” Abimbola Osondaero told police.

Newly obtained video clip from the night of February 15, 2019, shows the Osundairo brothers first telling police that Smollett directed them to Fake hate attack weeks ago. The video even shows the two brothers acting out parts of the attack with police investigators bravely playing with the reenactment.

However, the court case was not videotaped to the public, so the 2019 confession video represents the first time the broad public has been able to see and hear the brothers’ version of events.

CNN+ has obtained a video of its new documentary, “Chicago vs. Jussie Smollett,” now available exclusively on CNN+.

The hour-long documentary traces the winding history of the case and explores Chicago’s broader criminal justice system.

Smollett, who is black and gay, Police in January 2019 He is attacked outside his Chicago home by two mysterious figures in the middle of the night. The two men used racist and homophobic insults, poured bleach on him and wrapped a noose around his neck, he told authorities.
As the film documents, the Osundairo brothers confession It eventually led to charges being brought against Smollett To lie about the attack. the dropping of these charges by a public prosecutor concerned with social justice; appointing a special prosecutor and issuing a second indictment; Smollett was tried, convicted, and sentenced.
Smollett was sentenced to March to five months in prison, 30 months probation, a fine of $25,000 and the return of more than $120,000 to the city of Chicago. Released from prison waiting Appeal his conviction.

To tell the story, the documentary features interviews with former Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson, special prosecutor Dan Webb, Cook County attorney Kim Fox, two Smollett brothers and members of his legal team. Smollett did not make himself available for an interview.

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What does the confession video show?

In the 2019 confession video, the Osondaero brothers, who worked with Smollett on the set of “Empire,” explained that Smollett had asked them to do the trick and plan it in advance. Abimbola Osundairo even shows the detective how he fakely punched Smollett and repeats his lines from that night.

“Shall I walk away from you or walk towards you?” asks the investigator.

“You’re walking away from me,” says Abimbola Osundairo.

“Okay, we’ll start from there. I’ll go away, and then?” says the investigator.

I say, ‘You, aren’t you a whore from an empire?’ Abimbola Osondaero responds.

At another point, an investigator is lying on the floor, and Abimbola Osundairo re-enacts how he rubbed his fingers forcefully into Smollett’s face in an attempt to bruise him.

The video showed that the two brothers expressed different views about Smollett’s motives for the accident. Abimbola Osondaero said he doesn’t know for certain why Smollett came up with this trick.

He said, “If I say something it will be an opinion. It will not be based on anything he said. So I think that will make people feel more about it.”

However, Olpingo Osondaero said he knows Smollett’s motives. He said Smollett has received a hate letter in recent weeks that the actor believes has been ignored.

“He may not remember, but I’ll tell you guys,” Olabengo Osondaero said in the video. “(Smollett) said his network doesn’t take hate messages seriously, which is why he wanted to do it. Because they wanted to take it seriously. I remember that clearly.”

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The brothers, who worked as fitness coaches, also told police that Smollett wrote them a check for $3,500. They said they believed the check was in exchange for a meal and a training plan before Smollett appeared in a music video, as well as the hoax attack.

“The way it looked made it look like it was either/or – for the video and for it,” said Abimbola Osondaero.

“I appreciate your frankness and honesty, and I really appreciate it,” one of the investigators told Olabingo Osundairo.

In court, Smollett denied under oath He plotted a hoax and testified that he was indeed the victim of a hate crime. He and his lawyers tried to discredit the brothers’ motives and their story, but the jury voted unanimously to convict him.

Ex-police superintendent says Smollett shouldn’t be sentenced to prison

The documentary also features the views of Johnson, a former police superintendent, and Fox, Cook County’s state attorney.

was johnson Criticizing Smollett at a press conference He announced the charges against him in February 2019. At the time, he said Smollett had “used the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”

Despite those harsh words, Johnson told CNN in the documentary that he doesn’t think Smollett should spend time behind bars.

“From the beginning of this,” he said, “I didn’t think he should serve any time in prison. Only you’ll be held accountable for that.”

was johnson He was kicked out of his leadership role In December 2019 by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said he lied about an accident that was found sleeping in his car after drinks with dinner.
Foxx stepped down from the case in February 2019. Her office All charges dropped against Smollett that month after the actor agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bond and do community service, stating he had no prior offenses and was not a danger to society.
However, Special Prosecutor Webb was appointed to re-examine the case and investigate whether Fox’s office acted appropriately. Webb determined that the OTP and Foxx were working on “big abuseIn their handling of the case, however, investigators found no evidence of criminal misconduct.

In the documentary, Foxx defended its progressive decisions and policies. She also wondered if a prison sentence was appropriate in the Smollett case.

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“The question is, was this justice and accountability? Or was this gratification in retaliation for him and he did not apologize for what he did in the city?” Fox said.

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