Jussie Smollett is back in the news as Fox Nation unveils details of a new five-part documentary series about the actor’s alleged hate crime attack.
Upcoming docuseries titled Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax features the first television interview with Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, the two brothers who testified at Smollett’s 2021 trial that they helped him organize the attack.
“We did it. Yeah, that was us,” the Osundairo brothers say in the recently released trailer.
They later call Smollett “crazy”.
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The two re-enact the attack and allege that Empire the star paid them to help plan it, right down to the red hat “Make America Great Again.”
“He told us to make sure we had the red hat, for Trump,” they say.
Another interviewee exclaims, “I think he was looking for that civil rights martyrdom.”
Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, told police he was walking down a Chicago street on the morning of Jan. 29, 2019, when two men approached him and began shouting racist and homophobic slurs. . He said the assailants beat him, doused him with bleach and wrapped a rope around his neck.
Fox describes the docuseries as a “dive into a scam that has reverberated through the worlds of entertainment, pop culture and politics.”
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The Osundairo brothers finally decided to cooperate with the investigators. Former Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in the trailer that some details of the case didn’t match up.
“Most people don’t go out at two in the morning on the coldest night of the year,” Johnson says.
Shortly after the attack, Johnson alleged at a press conference that Smollett staged the attack because he was “dissatisfied with his salary”. Empire.
The actor, who played Jamal Lyon in the Fox series, was cut from the series during his legal saga.
In March 2019, he was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report. The charges were later dropped. In response, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was charged with showing favoritism towards the actor.
Amid the public backlash against the charges being dropped, a special prosecutor was appointed and new charges were filed. In December 2021, a jury found Smollett guilty on five of six disorderly conduct counts. He was sentenced to 150 days in prison.
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The actor was released in March 2022, pending an appeal of his conviction.
Smollett maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and did not participate in the docuseries.
The series comes from Pilgrim Media Group. Nicole Rittenmeyer directs and executive produces. Other executive producers include Nicholas Caprio, Craig Piligian, Scott Eldridge and Gloria Rodriguez – the Osundairo brothers’ attorney.
Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax premieres March 13 on Fox Nation, Fox News Channel’s sister streaming platform.
The draft is released just days after Smollett’s legal team formally appealed his conviction on Wednesday, March 1.
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