Jussie Smollett

A last-minute phone call from Jussie Smollett's lawyers to a Cook County prosecutor postponed the grand jury testimony of two brothers who were once considered potential suspects.

CBS 2 reporter Charlie De Mar reports the brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, were waiting outside the grand jury chambers, minutes away from giving their testimony, when a last-minute call came in from Smollett's lawyers claiming they had new evidence.

Prosecutors decided the "new evidence" was sufficient enough to postpone the brothers' grand jury testimony for the day.

The Osundairo brothers were identified as the two men seen in grainy surveillance footage walking away from the Streeterville area in Chicago where Smollett claimed he was attacked on Jan. 29.

The brothers were arrested and later released without charges after they admitted Smollett paid them $7,000 to help him stage the hoax attack.

Two sources tell CBS 2 the men used a ride share service to get to the Streeterville neighborhood on Jan. 29. The ride share service turned over video of the men to police.

The brothers told police Smollett paid them to purchase a rope and a red hat prior to the alleged attack. One brother tied the rope around Smollett's neck while the other brother poured bleach on the actor and yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him.

Smollett's music manager, Brandon Z. Moore, told police he was on the phone with Smollett prior to the attack and he overheard the men yelling "This is MAGA country".

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the investigation into Smollett, which raised questions that she may have shown favoritism to the actor.

One Twitter user wrote: "She's probably part of the resistance movement. She knows damn well he's screwed, but doesn't want to be the one to take him down."

According to ABC News, the feds are looking into reports Smollett sent a threatening letter containing a powdery substance to himself a week before he was allegedly attacked outside his high-rise condominium.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox reiterated they are standing behind the troubled actor, even as TMZ reported that Fox ordered scriptwriters to remove Smollett's scenes from the remaining 9 episodes of the 2nd half of season 5. The show returns from winter break in March.

"Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show," Fox spokeswoman Amy Bucknam tweeted on Wednesday.

Photo by Maciel / BACKGRID

  • Topic Influencer

    CBS 2 reporter Charlie De Mar reports the brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, were waiting outside the grand jury chambers, minutes away from giving their testimony, when a last-minute call came in from Smollett's lawyers claiming they had new evidence.

    Prosecutors decided the "new evidence" was sufficient enough to postpone the brothers' grand jury testimony for the day.

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  • Nik
  • Coy little wink

    I been dickmatized but I never did this type of shyt then...so freeze that BS

  • Gloria

    This picture of him! Is this recent? ? A commentator on the previous post said he would do this: make public appearances looking sickly and emotionally distraught.

    Tryna stay in that victim role, huh?

  • ?? Kari ?????????

    So now he has some more made up evidence?

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  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    Who is that with their hand on the top of his head, like theyre pushing his head down. ?

  • Darkandlovely617?

    Exactly. The reward must be greater than the risk for him ?????

  • Topic Influencer

    Hops on your back so I can go too

  • Nik

    ???

  • Topic Influencer

    I am CURRENTLY dickmatized and I aint lied about SHIT. Well I told him my money was low so I could get some extra lunch money out of him. Das it.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Coy little wink
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  • Mr.LeBrickJames
  • Renee26

    ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • onelove

    lol!! that hand is comfortable up there!!

  • Nik

    LMBO!

  • Rayscoty

    Was that photo during the attack rehearsal ?

    That's way to much bleach

  • Ghost

    There is no damn new evidence! It’s chess ? game! I’m ready for him and the Empire production to get the heck out of Chicago with this BS! Chicago has more pressing things to concentrate on...send his azz to a mental facility stat! Probably on the set looking STUPID...saying he can’t discuss it...

  • onelove

    is black folks welcomed there?? ijs

  • MJF

    "Prosecutors decided the "new evidence" was sufficient enough to postpone the brothers' grand jury testimony for the day."
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    oh wow, wonder what new evidence this could be......

  • Nik
  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    From that pic I take that Jussie is going to try to plead insanity.
    Note to Jussie: pleading insanity only works for white men

  • MJF

    He could've avoided this by not creating a bogus story. So what if your role was being cut? Aren't there other acting roles out there? Why act like it was a life or death situation...

  • CookieMobster

    I tell you this.... They HAD to see text or something from Jussie to the brothers or vise versa for them to take their word over his.

  • MJF

    On another note, its the real bad gyal birthday. Rihanna! Happy Birthday baby xoxo <3

  • Juliaquan C Spain

    Sad thing here.

  • CookieMobster
  • Nik

    *belly laugh* ???

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    That's a strong looking hand too.

  • Rayscoty

    Beyonce tweeted" I knew he was lying ".

    No need for the Grand Jury. Beyonce made a ruling.

  • DroneRivers

    Where's homegirl who made the plea last week? I'm about to join her on some "Go away from me wif this Apollo" ish. Cuz Lawd knows I can't take no more Jussie!

  • bemetoo

    They lied

  • Kanyade

    where? i just checked her twitter and didn't see it. lol

  • Blue

    It's a sad day when I get so tired of seeing Jussie that I'll be happy with a Blac Chyna post.

  • bemetoo

    Me too and I hate to say it ... I’m dickmatized by a 5’10 9.875 inche 35 year old Haitian ?????

  • Blue

    Ha! Should have had you direct the "attack". Might have been more believable.

  • WinterIsComing

    Lololol

  • DeJeri

    I'm so confused. If you were going to stage a racist attack, why would you chose two black Nigerians from Africa??? At least hire some white people to make it believable. I never watched Empire or heard of him before this but I've heard enough about this guy to last me a lifetime.

  • Ci Sam

    Man I'm so ready for them to crack open this whole shyt show so we can move on to other things

  • Nisey

    RIGHT! boring.com

  • Nisey

    RIGHT! boring.com

  • bemetoo

    #Metoo

  • bemetoo

    #Metoo

  • Yardgirl

    Word!!! Sooooo over it!!!

  • Yardgirl

    Word!!! Sooooo over it!!!

  • NaeNae2015

    LMBO!!!

  • NaeNae2015

    LMBO!!!

  • NewNew

    ?

  • NewNew

    ?

  • Rayscoty

    She did a quick delete. Said the twins was playing with her phone..

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Wow, this is Not the defiant Ghey Tupac persona who was fulfilling concert dates couple weeks ago.?

  • DroneRivers

    Happy birthday to Ri Ri!

  • DroneRivers

    Lol!

  • wigmon68

    There is little doubt that its more than just 2 peoples word versus 1. There just was no way for these guys to know that jussie would be home and walking outside at a particular time unless they were supposed to be there. and if these 2 dudes really wanted to hurt jussie (who according to his words fought the f back and punched one in the face), he wouldn't have been walking away from a real attack.

  • SpiceGirl

    Been over it!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Kansas? It has a military base there.Quite a few I think. Where there is military there is "us". Are we REALLY welcomed anywhere?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Lawd that was funny!?

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    This is the biggest role of Jussie's life. Either he gonna get an Oscar or a Razzie, but he better play his behind off now that the 3 letter mob is in on it.

  • Guest

    Lol!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Are they laying hands in prayer on Jussie in that pic?

  • MJF

    wait what?? :S

  • SpiceGirl

    In other news...that snow storm missed us BIG time...my poor folks on the east cost tho......ohhhh weeee.....getting slammed!!

  • Topic Influencer

    Bff was like so bish you been eating TWO lunches? *snort*

    HBD to my Robyn

  • MJF

    yup I'm sitting in my office looking through the window at this mess... NYC... about to dip though!

  • DroneRivers

    We need to check on her cuz I know she gotta be sick of this now! Lmao

  • Yoni7

    Even the rain done splashed on his hoodie wrong. How is he wet from the chin up? Got fo'head sweat but the top of his hoodie dry?

  • MJF

    lmaooooooooo I laughed so hard at this.... "Go away from me wif this Apollo"

  • Yoni7

    Speaking of Wakanda......why did I see a passport cover that had Kingdom of Wakanda on it. I'm getting it. LOL

  • Topic Influencer

    Mine got a Haitian paternal granny. Everyone needs to get them a Haitian. I highly recomm it.

  • Yoni7

    Us, meaning US US? LOL

  • MJF

    need a travel buddy? My bags are packed!

  • Rayscoty

    Look like R Kelly pissed on Jussie in that photo

  • Yoni7

    You male or female?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    You said that's prayer oil on his hoodie?! ?

  • MJF

    LOL... too soon for the R Kelly jokes. He is going to THE BIG HOUSE!

  • wigmon68

    the smollett family has been an activist one his entire life. He's been involved in BLM as has his sister. Black panther party founders and members were family friends growing up (Bobby seal and angela davis).

    This hoax was not about his acting career. it was about politics. The question is, were others in politics complicit in the hoax?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LOL!

  • MJF

    loll female, dang I might have to add my picture to my avi

  • Yoni7

    Nah, that's that missing bleach from the 'basco bottle. His eyes swollen NOW.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Hollering!!!

  • Yoni7

    LOL Gotta ask. That "J" in your handle coulda been mistaken for a upside down "2". LOL

  • Chipswife

    What's the new evidence ??? they finally admitted it was a pay for play that went wrong ??

  • MJF

    lmao

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    *faints*

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Well damn!!
    You should have kept that to yourself.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    Bish logout!!!! ???

  • Nik

    DAYUM! Had the curtains drawn and I just looked out. The street is covered!!!??????

  • morenYAHdelsur

    Stop ?? LOL ?

  • Nik

    I'm in Harlem. It's already caked up over here.?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    You said he can't get right??

  • Renee Bee

    Wake up, Nan. (Sprinkles water on your face)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    We got a snow day in DC! Yippee!!! *twirls* ?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    wait... I smell bleach! ?

  • morenYAHdelsur
  • Yoni7

    LMAOOOOOOOOOOOO

  • Topic Influencer

    Youse a Damn IDIOT.

  • Yardgirl

    Co-sign!

  • morenYAHdelsur

    LOL! Ask Janelle Monae! ?

  • Topic Influencer

    Lmaooo.

  • MJF

    damn, thinking I should leave, I gotta take the metro north...smh

  • Renee Bee

    (Gasp! )Never!!! You are my e-friend. Lol.

  • Phillybruh

    Glad my kids old enough to stay home alone, broke out of that house as soon as the school said it was closed

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    that wasn't my original reply (somebody mentioned R Kelly, so any talk of "sprinkles" would legit cause concern)?

  • SeehereSeehere

    You reported that his scenes were being cut. Fox put out a statement again today for the second time denying it - FAKE NEWS!
    You reported he was being represented by Michael Cohen’s lawyer. That turned out to be FAKE NEWS!
    It was reported a grand jury was supposed to be assembled yesterday. That turned out to be FAKE NEWS! Weird how so many are okay with alleged crook cops allegedly violating his civil rights by allegedly continuously leaking information about an ongoing investigation to gossip rags which could prejudice potential jurors. That is exactly why the Chicago Police Department is under court supervision now- FOR VIOLATING PRIVATE CITIZEN’S CIVIL RIGHTS. Yet all of a sudden y’all okay with alleged crooked cops nowadays. Yeah ok.

  • sjames

    I don't think Jurnee would jeopardize her lifelong career as a respected actress and activist, in her own right, for Jussie's mess. my cousin works for CPD and is NOT giving the tea tho lol so idk i gotta find out like everybody else

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    LMAO!

  • wigmon68

    Where did fox say today that his scenes weren't being cut? The statement I saw said that he wasn't being "written out of the show".

    what is your evidence that the gj wasn't convened yesterday? Everything I read said it was, but testimony was postponed when smollett lawyers called and said they had additional information to provide.

  • Marlika

    I wonder if all of his foolishness will cause his sister to lose work.

  • wigmon68

    I have no knowledge of her involvement. she was not anyone I was thinking of in regards to others being involved in the plot.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    You been trying REAL hard buddy AND NOBODY BUYING your view! Cut it out! LMBAO!!!

  • Coy little wink

    You must be new here...this is a gossip blog hun...

  • stav

    No more post until a verdict is read!

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  • Bonita

    lol

  • T Willis

    Yes!!! Sick of this speculative sh*t

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  • Banka

    Yeah, something does smell a little bleachy.!!

  • Victorious82

    Is she in anything right now? Haven’t see. Her since the gangsta slave show. Forgot the name now.

  • ATL White Guy

    We'll soon have a slow Ford Bronco chase down the Eisenhower expressway.

  • Coy little wink

    allegations innuendo and shade! In that order

  • SeehereSeehere

    Right here and it’s the second time fox put out a statement correcting the FAKE NEWS https://www.google.com/amp/s/variety.com/2019/tv/news/jussie-smollett-fox-statement-1203143852/amp/

  • SeehereSeehere

    Duly noted

  • SeehereSeehere

    Exactly. Fake news.

  • MJF

    Lol get the Wall Street Journal for serious news sis

  • SeehereSeehere

    It’s a gossip site yeah yeah I get I get it. Duly noted.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Sandra...If we let you bring the term "Power Couple" back will you limit your Jussie posts to 0-1/day??

  • BingBangBoom

    Cutting out and being written out are two different things.. He still will be on the show but not as many scenes.. A cute cameo is in the works is that better..

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile it's like people didn't type in Sandrarose.com in the search bar... lol

  • BingBangBoom

    I wonder if the brothers left out some details. Or maybe Jussie cut a bigger check to them. Or maybe he was set up? I'm all over the place with this one

  • Mielle Downey

    According to CBS Chicago, Jussie Smollett’s lawyers made a last minute call to prosecutors Tuesday and convinced them to postpone the brothers’ testimony. Plea Bargain.

  • samuel severino

    Yes. Notice how many of them immediately used the same phrase in their tweets “this is a modern day lunching.”
    Not to many politicians could come up with the exact same tag lline the day the news on Juicy Smhollett.

  • bemetoo

    Chile noooo they will fawk up ur life ???

  • SeehereSeehere

    I’m not gonna be a cheerleader for alleged crooked cops violating private citizen’s civil rights by allegedly leaking information about an ongoing investigation. Why isn’t the Chicago Police Department’s court appointed monitor all over this? If I cheer on one person’s civil rights potentially getting violated I must then root for everyone’s civil rights to get violated including you and me. How would you like your civil rights to allegedly be violated by a police department currently being monitored by a federal court for violating civil rights?

  • Elevated Soul

    Don't know how true it is but I hear Obozo. is trying to get Rahm Emmanuel to make this case go away. As stupid as Jussie is and as hateful as he is towards President Trump and his supporters,I believe he may have been used as a pawn but the plot backfired on his butt.Dude looks a mess in that photo. I know he's not looking for people to lay handz on his azz for his messy lies.

    It seems he may be looking for a plea deal....

  • Li-Wright

    the underground?

  • Li-Wright

    the underground?

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ?

  • pure_rachet

    ????

  • leapyearpisces

    LOL

  • wigmon68

    yup, they said exactly what I stated. The statement that you are taking issue with is that smollett was being "cut out of scenes" or given a smaller role. The statement by fox says that he "isn't being written out of the show". It can be true that he is being cut out of scenes, but not written out of the show entirely. I am not sure what is so difficult to understand.

  • TheOwley

    Whose civil rights were violated here exactly.

  • TheOwley

    They are surrounding him with their wagons to protect his ruined reputation. He did this to himself. This is what happens when you allow hate and narcissism to consume your soul. His family, his peers, his friends, the media, but hopefully not the readers here continue to enable him and are actually disappointed this story is not true. And now people stepping down because they don't want to do their job. Kim should go to private practice to defend the Smolletts of this world. Who are they? Liars, and they come in all shapes sizes and colors.

  • TheOwley

    Lots of people in high places are calling in chips to make this go away and cut the guy some slack. The rest of us should be so lucky if we got in trouble with the law.

  • Scromes1212

    If you believe the evidence leaked is true then you believe the story, right? If you believe the information leaked is false then the police didn't leak the information, right? Wouldn't one theory cancel the other?

  • TheOwley

    His people, the media, the show, the network, him and his lawyers don't know how or what to do to cook up the right narrative to sell to you and me and save his ass in the process.

    The reports coming out are real but they change as the winds change in this story. It does not mean the reports are fake. TPTB don't want this to be a hoax, they want it to be real but Jussie really screwed the pooch on this one and they can't get it together to put it all in a neat little package.

    The PR people hired are working over time. We need to wait for their script to come out.

  • Ghost

    It’s reported that the grand jury is convening now! They’re not waiting another day for him to show up! He also wrote a check to the brothers but put training in the memo section! Police say he is INDEED a suspect! On my way home to catch the 5pm news...l

  • 2gr8ful

    Well chile if training cost $7,000 I am in the wrong business..

  • Alextra Ballard

    I aino no Smollet pockets were that deep to hire alla these high powered attorneys

  • 2gr8ful

    Amen this is taking over the attention on other things.....like all these stores (Charlotte Rouse and Payless) filing bankruptcy and how that will affect the retail industry.

  • 2gr8ful

    ?????

  • Whiplash(lacejagger)

    “You know you done f’kd up right? You know that right?”—

  • NeverSurprised
  • Logan Roberts

    Sandra got me dreaming about this ninja & hes not even my damn type. #makeitstop

  • Eileen

    Go away little sissie go away thats right I called you a sissy if you were a man you would face the consequences of your raggedy actions now go away!

  • Eileen

    and I voted for Trump and he won! Thank You Jesus!

  • Allihave2say

    If he were a man he would have accepted that his role on a declining show was diminishing and have other options available. These folks go buy the most expensive apartments or houses they can afford for the moment but miss the benefits of investing their riches to create wealth. Had he done this he wouldn't be worried about the show. Let's remember the humility of the Cosby guy at Trader Joe's.

    Empire will be in it's last season next year.Jussie should have acknowledged and accept that. No amount of sexing with Lee Dirty would keep him on that raggedy show. Instead he'll be on set for a long time running from he Botty Warriors.

  • Allihave2say

    If he were a man he would have accepted that his role on a declining show was diminishing and have other options available. These folks go buy the most expensive apartments or houses they can afford for the moment but miss the benefits of investing their riches to create wealth. Had he done this he wouldn't be worried about the show. Let's remember the humility of the Cosby guy at Trader Joe's.

    Empire will be in it's last season next year.Jussie should have acknowledged and accept that. No amount of sexing with Lee Dirty would keep him on that raggedy show. Instead he'll be on set for a long time running from he Botty Warriors.

  • Melanated Goddess??

    You're proud that you voted for a rode clown? A clown that can't pronounce Venezuela. Wow.

  • GrapeCrush

    Go with your gut

  • SpiceGirl

    Wow...enjoy and be safe

  • SpiceGirl

    Oh wow......I heard A LOT of snow fell

  • SpiceGirl

    Yup...us here in the mid west

  • SpiceGirl

    Hope you made it safe to your destination hun

  • MJF

    Thanks love, I did! The snow wasn’t too bad here. Have a great day!

  • SpiceGirl

    You too and glad you guys dodge that bullet ---------------------> all that snow

  • Nik

    It wasn't bad, thank God. The grass and trees are coated but the streets are fine.

  • SpiceGirl

    That is a good thing....compared to my friend in Maryland ....she sent me a snap chat video and it looked like 4 inches had fell for them

  • onelove

    that's what i said that was a Sissie move..