Jussie Smollett

After 2 days of interrogations, the Chicago Police Department released two Nigerian brothers late Friday without charges in the Jussie Smollett hate crime case. The brothers are no longer considered suspects, according to CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who said "new evidence" has emerged.

The brothers, whom police have not publicly identified, were detained on Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare Airport after arriving on a flight from Africa.

Guglielmi tweeted late Friday: "Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete."

Also on Friday, Smollett retained a high-profile defense attorney to represent him in a possible criminal case.

Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel tweeted: "Chicago defense attorney Michael Monico let it be known he was representing #JussieSmollett on @RoeConn radio show today."

Weigel added that Monico also represented Michael Cohen, President Trump's former attorney. Monico is considered one of the best defense lawyers in the country.

Weigel also confirmed police seized a bottle of bleach from Smollett's apartment.

Guglielmi previously stated Smollett would be charged if investigators determined he staged the attack.

Smollett, the star of Fox TV's Empire musical, told police on Jan. 29 that he was assaulted by 2 men who punched him and poured bleach on him in a racist, homophobic attack as he left Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. He said the men tied a noose around his neck and called him "ni--er" and "fa--ot".

Police confirmed that the brothers were the 2 persons of interest seen on grainy surveillance footage in the area at the time of the alleged attack.

Police identified the brothers through phone records and subpoenas to rideshare companies and taxi services who dropped off fares in the area that night.

In an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that aired Thursday, Smollett confirmed the persons of interest in the surveillance video were the men who attacked him.

"I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them. Never did," Smollett told Roberts. He apparently was unaware that investigators had already ID'd the men as his friends.

Guglielmi and other investigators watched the GMA interview and later stated Smollett's statements to Roberts were "consistent" with what he told detectives - that the people in the video footage attacked him.

@ABC7chicago reported on Thursday that police were investigating whether Smollett, 36, staged the attack with the help of others because his character was being written out of Empire.

READ ALSO: 'Empire' Filming Big Funeral Scene for 'Major Character' Today

But Fox Television vehemently denied the reports, and the CPD insisted the alleged hate crime was not a hoax.

An attorney representing the Nigerian brothers confirmed they knew Smollett and they often worked out with him at a gym. The brothers also worked as extras on the set of Empire.

@CWBchicago tweeted a video of one of the brothers doing a handstand on a treadmill in a gym at Smollett's Chicago condominium.

On Thursday, police served a no-knock warrant on the brothers' Chicago area home. After ransacking the home, police left behind a list of items that were seized, including bottles of bleach, electronics, a semi-automatic rifle, a book of stamps, a magazine and a handwriting sample.

The latter items were possibly taken to compare to a threatening letter Smollett said he received at Fox's Chicago studios a week prior to the alleged hate crime.
 

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Them too black African been laying up with Smollet and Lee Daniels than go right around and have some sex with a black women... that why that AIDS is rampaging

  • Lady_Elle

    Wow... he identified his "FRIENDS" as the suspects!
    This story gets crazier by the second!

  • LogicAndReason

    I am from Chicago and there's a ridiculous amount of crime and violence. However, the moment I heard this story I gave it all the side eye in the world. From the supposed MAGA reference to the bleach to him walking around with the noose still on his neck for 45 MINUTES?! o_O Right....This sucks SO MUCH for REAL victims....It's the excuse bigots need to decide every story is BS and "there must be more to it". UGH!

  • LogicAndReason

    No...He identified the shadowy figures that he didn't expect cops to be able to identify.

  • smartchickfl

    I'm just waiting for the post where he's been charged for this atrocious ass lie. According to tmz, he was very friendly with the the taller brother?.

  • Meme

    Ah ah the saga continues our 2 Nigerian booty warriors have been released and more evidence has surfaced hey this story there more than a nollywood movie

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • CPA

    Actually now I’m thinking he set them up. Not knowing they would ever get caught. Jussie did it for press and for his hate of whites and Trump.
    Just my thoughts this morning ??

  • CPA

    Ding find ding
    They might not have even known they were involved

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    That fool never came forward and took the bull by the horns...admitting his lies and apologize to all involved? You can’t be saying race, MAGA, rope choking you out, noose round your neck like a modern day lynching all for ‘being black and gay’ and say it was from Trump supporter to cover up cruising for meat and ooooweee wow. I am not a fan of the president...but it’s just too far. His pr should’ve advised him to own it even if he was being blackmailed. Come out with your dirt to control the bull

  • NeverSurprised

    "Nigerian booty warriors"
    ???????

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "Weigel also confirmed police seized a bottle of bleach from Smollett's apartment."
    Who Doesn't have bleach in their home?

    I wish this much effort was going on into the thousands of murders that have happened in other parts of Chicago.

  • LogicAndReason

    This is such a setback for black people and gays. He will be a pariah forever if it can prove he faked this. Mo'Nique will be maid of honor at Oprah's wedding and kiss Lee Daniels feet while delivering fresh baked cookies to the Netflix HQ before Jussie will EVER work again!

  • KcoolMuziq

    The brothers from the pics shown seem very incestuous.

  • LogicAndReason

    This is actually far worse than any of those because it was designed to create division during an already ugly time purely for personal gain. The other murders were just criminals doing what criminals do

    That's bad....but this is another level.

  • CPA

    True , I do now. But is it a scented bleach? Maybe a specific bleach ? They can test it

  • wigmon68

    yup, after telling cops and america that he was certain the individuals in the photo were the ones that attacked him, once those men were identified, he said, it wasn't them. dude is a piece of work, thats for sure. I have a feeling his next interview will have some real tears.

  • CPA

    He probably told them to come by to picknup drop off something before they left to Nigeria. Then thinking they were out of the country and would never be caught, he then came up with an assault lie w his manager for press and to support the hatred of Trump. Never thinking the cops would dig this deep. Those two brothers may or may not have known his whole plan.

  • NeverSurprised

    We know their identities, Sandra. They are Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo (@team_abel) and Pussie Smollett follows them on IG.

  • Fire & Ice

    Detective Sandra Rose on the case bright and early ?.

  • Fire & Ice

    LOL

  • Shamari123

    Chile...this story makes me want to drink heavily. Jussie better come clean before he finds his as*s out of a job and he’s blackballed for life In Hollywood. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6177b410254bd43ed23276d950ebe9dcceb693975a39608ad928e392bda2e800.gif

  • smartchickfl
  • Renee26

    How Sway?? ?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Perspective. If my loved one was murdered, I would be laser focused on trying to find the ev1l one who tried to destroy my family. Chances are they weren't the first and may not be the last victim.
    All injustice needs to be vigorously addressed and stomped out.

  • CPA

    ????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Juicy just MAY BE a sociopath?????

  • GuestSTAR

    Jussie said MAGA, a noose, blamed it on white men, so the Chicago PD gonna get to the bottom of this and won't stop until the two brothers are hauled back in and Jussie's lyin A is arrested for filing a false report.

  • CPA

    I think it’s also because he went SO public with it , you know morning national tv shows and all!!!! They kind of had no choice BUT to investigate.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    If Jussie and Lee are st00pid enough to leave the bleach bottle at home they deserve to spend the rest of their days locked in a WOmen's prison.

  • Fire & Ice

    All in bone chilling weather ?

  • LogicAndReason

    I hear you...I'm just saying that innocent victims aren't usually the ones dying there. These are usually ppl who were the perpetrators of other murders. That's not always the case but that's why this is more disturbing for me personally.

    I know a man who was murdered at his own bday party but somehow there were no witnesses -_- He sold drugs but wasn't violent. I've known at least 12 other murder victims and he's the ONLY one that wasn't violent and even he was still a criminal.

  • TransMichelle
  • LogicAndReason

    We kind of looked forward to the winter because that's when crime went down....I saw recently they've started robbing ppl for coats there(I moved away as SOON as I was old enough) so now they don't even get to relax in arctic temps! SMH

  • Soda

    Sandra identified them by name in a post yesterday.

  • Rayne

    This is so messy! Jessie azz is lying. Everything is so coincidental ? yea right! I despise a liar.

  • CPA

    They never thought the cops would look into it this far. They fucked up

  • CPA

    Truth

  • Baaba Sanders

    If he’s lying, why would he jeopardise his career like that?

  • Navybeans95

    The hand stand treadmill clip is added to show Sandy's sense of humor...??

  • CPA

    ?

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Dead as hell my girl right here ...????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Very good points

  • CPA

    Oh he’s lying.
    I’m wondering if he’s on drugs or something? He’s really messing up and being hateful

  • Ghost

    AGREE... He did waaaaay too much!

  • dontgetblocked

    LMAO!

  • dontgetblocked

    First of all, do these nyggas have their papers in order, flying back and forth to Nigeria every other day. Secondly, they were released because Jussie refused to turn on his phuck buddies. We all know this drama queen lied. I hope the police will move on and solve real crimes.

  • WinterIsComing

    This continues to get stranger...

  • Jussjess25

    Yes at this point everybody is reaching.. like did he lie or not?

  • Ghost

    It’s being reported that the Two brothers had KEY EVIDENCE and they told the police everything! I’m sure this is why Jussie hired a defense lawyer...

  • Raquelle Dellaghetto

    He's gonna get so much backlash when it comes out that his dumb as s has been lying and wasting everyone's time. I won't be surprised if he kills himself after all the backlash...

  • Ghost

    There are more sociopaths then you think running around the country and in powerful positions....this one got caught

  • Wile E. Coli

    He hired a lawyer because they told cops it was a setup

  • Ebony Starr

    "Weigel also confirmed police seized a bottle of bleach from Smollett's apartment."
    Who Doesn't have bleach in their home?
    ______________________________
    Well, he didn't have food in the apartment. When did he find time to get bleach?!

  • Ghost

    The Two brothers maybe here on a WORK VISA so they really don’t have the convenience of playing this crime game with Jussie

  • wigmon68

    he didn't think he would get caught. There was no one in the area and he chose a place for the "attack" where the camera was pointing the opposite direction. He gave a description that made it impossible to track anyone down. He knew the brothers had come over, but he knew they left the area before he says the attack occurred so didn't expect them to get caught up. Basically he thought the police were morons and that an unsolved attack from racist homophobes would help his career.

  • the guest

    I pray he doesn't kill himself. I pray that he receives the help he needs because he is deeply troubled. I still maintain there is abuse somewhere in this story.

    I don't think Lee Daniels is a safe person for young men to work for and around. Jussie's actions are that of an abused person.

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Lee and Jusssie and 'em was getting plunged by those Africans. Play for pay!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I was thinking the same thing. Wouldnt be surprise if he claim mental illness or kill himself! OH WELL!

  • the guest

    I swear if this WHOLE CONCOCTION is to cover up Jussie being possibly involved with and abused by Lee Daniels, that will be heartbreaking and devastating. Follow the money (who's paying for lawyers, airline tickets, rent, gifts, food, hotel fees?).

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Lee probably paying for those trips back and forth.. The probably BLOWING his back out! All of em are nasty!

  • Being bad is way more fun

    I wouldnt even be mad they are hella hot !!!!!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    He tried to capitalize on the hate anti Trump bandwagon! He gets NO SYMPATHY NOR EMPATHY from me!

  • WhoKnew

    Hmmmm. In my Columbo voice.

    1. Jussie hires a defense attorney.
    2. Who needs a defense attorney if you were a victim?
    3. Your lovers Ola Ola E told cops the whole thing was staged.
    4. End of story.

    Wait. Just one more thing. It is a crime to stage a hate crime and lie to the FBI about it.

  • Ghost

    Well now I’m getting ready for the alcohol/drug problem defense and off too rehab he goes...hoping after 6 months we will forgive and forget because ...his addiction had him doing crazy things...??

  • the guest

    LOL

  • Bonita

    I said yesterday that those brothers were going to sing like canaries. They need to hurry up and charge this fool already.

  • Bonita

    I can definitely see him faking a suicide stunt for sympathy.

  • Shamari123

    What if Lee and Jussie planned all of this to draw more attention to the show cuz it’s tanking? True Scammers?https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2f2d4699c5847b157aae9f6a4b12cd1288cca66517c8b7f1a4684de48a01aef9.jpg

  • the guest

    monitoring their 'delayed' azzez

    LOL

  • Bonita

    Cause like most of these celebrities, he aint wrapped too tight. I think that's a Hollyweird requirement.

  • SpiceGirl

    I don't know what they are doing but I just read, he will be killed off the show...

  • SpiceGirl

    I read someplace....he was going to be fired anyways...who knows......KimYe shrug

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Now I’m horny lol

  • facingrealit1

    You are SO CORRECT as Black Women are surpassing homosexuals with the number of AIDS cases because so many of our black men are on the down-low.

  • Bonita

    lol

  • Shamari123

    Well I’ll be dam*ned. I guess he thought this will be his ticket to getting a major role in another t.v show or movie since he’ll be killed off. Guess he didn’t think of “what if it goes wrong?”. Dam*n shame?????

  • the guest

    SPEAK!

    I said on the other post if is proven he faked this, the Jussie singlehandedly handed Trump the 2020 election. Trump's pr machine will milk this all the way to a 2020 win.

    I cant believe Jussie brought in MAGA hat, noose, and bleach. I'm sorry. Yes, American is STILL RACIST, but there's not a redneck racist alive out to run up on and lynch Jussie Smollet. Just stop it!

  • TRUTHbeabsolute

    Well we see why his part is ending......the acting was turrrrrible.

  • Vonn

    Oh my!

  • Dowoop

    This was pbly work for them

  • SpiceGirl

    That's what I said...but remember we ALL (or just me) thought it was Dre that got killed off....IDK yet...time will tell tho

  • TwitterFingerz

    Not anymore

  • Evillene

    Friends don't attack friends. I just don't see Jussie being naive enough to stage an attack and believe that he will get away with it. He was attacked -- perhaps based on a relationship with one of the Nigerian bros that the other did not approve of -- and the circumstances were such that Jussie was unaware who was attacking him. They called him n-word and f-word and shouted MAGA to mislead him as to identity of his masked attackers.

    Now Nigerian bros are claiming Jussie was in on it by citing their "friendship" with him and affiliation with Empire. He's still a victim. Everyone ain't your friend -- even when they got tight little bodies, massive triceps, firm asses and rippling muscles.

  • Evillene

    They was workin' alright.

  • Evillene

    Is it nasty when you get your back blown out? Consenting adults have a right to get down however they like. Even if you think it's nasty.

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    It’s two factors the homosexual(DL) black man and they promiscuity of black women

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    So, after having these 2 "persons of interest" in custody for 48 hours and thoroughly interrogating them, they decide the men are not suspects and have instead turned their investigation in a different direction. Then Jussie decides to lawyer up.

    Hmm... even Stevie Wonder can see where this is going.

  • Sweetness

    ????to everything that you said.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    " Jussie's actions are that of an abused person."
    -----------

    ... or maybe just a calculating, compulsive liar. That's a possibility too.

  • Navybeans95

    Ha!....she sure does...I remember she pissed me off with all those Trump is great posts when he got elected....I deleted my profile...and now I'm back....lol, I come here to vent and laugh ...?

  • Coy little wink

    Who?

    All I know is I'm still not watching Empire!

  • http://realitytea.com/ Lady Chatterley’s Lover

    ...if is proven he faked this, then Jussie singlehandedly handed Trump the 2020 election...

    Let's NOT get it TWISTED. Jussie is not a representation of Black people. IMO he is a CARCICATURE at worst and MARGINALIZED at best.

  • Allihave2say

    This is interesting and plausible. someone alleged a few days ago that this was a relationship gone bad. While your narration can ring truth, there are still significant issues that seem strange in Jussie's behavior and reports.

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    ?that’s nasty. One straight, one gay tho

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. I can see Jussie texting with them back and forth right now... (not knowing they're being monitored):?
    Jussie: Wassup, my dudes? Y'all good? You didnt tell cops nothing did you?
    NIgerians: Naw. we good bro. Didnt tell them nothing. We still in the clear. They still out looking for some other suspects.
    Jussie: Cool, cool. Lemme know if you hear anything new from them, aiight?
    Nigerians: Fa sho, my nigga. We got you.

  • Ghost

    He is going to take the fall ALONE! That’s why he’s hired a defense lawyer! If he snitches on anyone else he WILL be blacklisted!

  • Allihave2say

    Log off and come back Monday. By then I'll be resurrected. This took me all the way out. #dead

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Never watched ... weak storylines to me ..... not deep enough ...

  • Allihave2say

    I been said dude is mentally ill tho!

  • KcoolMuziq

    ?I wonder why.

  • joel adams

    Who cares anymore.

  • WhoKnew

    I watched a grand total of 10 minutes of the very first episode and have not watched it since. Ten minutes was long enough for me to see it wasn't my type of show.

  • WhoKnew

    Yep.

  • Ant Hill

    no he's just a batty man that tried to set himself up to be a victim.

  • WhoKnew

    I read this morning that the brothers have lawyered up and the lawyer answered no questions when they were released yesterday except to say that something they told the police "may" have been the reason they were released. The lawyer did not say anything about what that something may have been and said that they have a story to tell when the time is right.

    Ummm, it sounds like Jussie is in a lot of trouble and if Lee Daniels had anything to do with this farce, he's going to lose his TV and movie deals and he's going to have to pony up a lot of ass to ever get another TV show or movie deal.

  • JazzyBossyJen
  • WhoKnew

    Wonder if he had a nervous breakdown over their break up and this just turned into a "break-up" fight.

  • WhoKnew

    Nervous breakdown probably.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    There is a strategic game of chess being played out in front of everyones eyes. Hollywood vs the Chicago PD. Careers and reputations are on the line. The truth about what happened that night is being controlled and spun in classic "Who done it", Nancy Drew murder mystery style. Jussie - is just part of equation.

    They say great story tellers make the best movie producers. Lee Daneils has always been the svengali of story telling.

    He once talked about told a story about being tosssed in the trash by his own father. Another gripping story was trying to kill himself via catching AIDS. Having counless hook ups at gay bathhouses in a drug fueled suicidal downward spiral.

    The storys he told about his life always seemed some dramatic hollywood production, you can almost hear an amazing cliff hanging musical score in the back ground while hes speaking.

    In Tinsel Town both Lee Daneils and Quentin Tarantino have a reputation - a reputation for stretching the truth, to put it politely. A penchant for cooking up whoppers, to put it bluntly. Some where in life a coping mechanism to escape, crying wolf, holding on to the ever changing lie for dear life because the truth is catching up.

    To use Lee Daneils own words describing his childhood - I was Aladdin on a carpet escaping.

  • NeverSurprised

    He's such a drama queen.

  • Baaba Sanders

    Fox came out to deny he wasn’t being written out of Empire.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    sounds interesting.
    link?

  • Baaba Sanders

    I actually feel sorry for him.

  • Kimocha

    So these 2 are supposed to be the Trump loving, MAGA hat wearing, bleach splashing, white supremacists??... Clearly Jussie hired a defense attorney because of all the lies he's concocted and I am too thru with him!... Why Jussie?... Whyyy??... Smdh!

  • Baaba Sanders

    Go to TMZ. “Suspects” lawyer: my clients have key evidence.

  • WhoKnew
  • Fire & Ice

    I heard about folks getting robbed for their winter coats on the radio ?

  • SpiceGirl

    Welp, guess time will tell........

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    cool. thanks.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I think you’re right. They might not have known he was using them. But why take 2 days to tell the cops what they want to hear?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The investigators were watching GMA when he said he was sure the people in the video attacked him. He didn’t know they already identified his friends. He also said cops would never find the suspects. That’s because he flew them to Africa. He didn’t expect the cops to find them and bring them back to the U.S.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose
  • Mielle Downey

    The truth to this saga is stranger than fiction. The truth always comes out and I hate that he had to be the one of who is part of two affected and oppressed minorities to ruin the credibility of real victims. Stand for something or fall for anything. I will not let people divide me because I have a difference of opinion. He tried to be a race pimp and push a bullshit narrative. Black people we need to be careful who we trust period because not all skin folk is kin folk.

  • Ghost

    I saw her on the news this am. I enjoyed the part where she said “ she didn’t know what was going on with Jussie but her guys are walking ? ???

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That’s what I thought. But why did he fly them to Africa? Unless they already had plans to fly to Africa and he saw a great opportunity to use them for his scheme?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    There are ways for CSI to tell the age of the bleach and compare it to the sample on his clothes.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Welcome back, hun.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They were released because they gave the cops information on Jussie, who immediately hired a top defense attorney. He’s going down.

  • Navybeans95

    Keep up the good work?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    12 murder victims?? WoW!

    Even so...a mother still lost her child...a child lost it's father and so on. Everyone wronged deserves a thorough investigation of their crime.

  • Chicagowise

    As a pretty man of a certain age... I can say without any hesitation, that there is no way in hell, Jussie would intentionally allow someone to cut his face. Someone attacked him, and he's either protecting the perpetrator or his reputation... because the story he gave, doesn't make sense. Now... if Jussie is mentally ill, you can scratch every word I just wrote.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I'm sure he had some food. He probably didn't have what he wanted to eat.
    As for the bleach, it was left over from the last time he washed whites.

  • Mikayla

    Don’t blame Trump’s PR machine for what they MIGHT do. JUSSIE is to blame, even if this is never talked about again. He’s giving us a #Trump2020 because he made liberals look like liars. Even Kamala and Corey rushed to support him!??

  • Mikayla

    You can blame JUSSIE for wasting law enforcement time on his lies. HIS bleach could have evidence on it. Let them do their job now that JUSSIE is the suspect.

  • Coy little wink

    Its not interesting to me...

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Thanks! ?

  • Mikayla

    Yeah but the women don’t deserve that. Jussie and whoever staged this deserve jail time. Period.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Jussie is looking at prison time. The FBI is on the case due to the threatening letter. They knew he mailed it to himself. When you commit a crime using the U.S. postal service, that’s automatic prison time. If you lie to the feds, that’s automatic prison time. Ask Paul Manafort and Martha Stewart.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    True. Who would want to be imprisoned with Lee Daniels?

  • Mikayla

    They better not go easy on him because he’s halfway famous. He should get time in prison.

  • Chicagowise

    The brothers were given immunity.

  • LogicAndReason

    Yeah....Gang life there is no joke. Most of them knew each other and played together as kids....A gang branched off into 2 sections and it became a bloodbath :(

    I wish I was exaggerating.

    But like I said... I definitely hear you though.

  • smartchickfl

    ??...Thank you Sandra for following this story through! *sitting patiently with popcorn*

  • Blue

    If only Empire was this interesting.

  • Mikayla

    When you get into the bumhole it’s another story. Men or women. That’s dookie town.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Why do gangs fight over the scraps? Seems like a waste of life and talent to me.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Never again. It got to be like we were watching the story of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Mikayla

    I always thought that. From first fat face pic of Jussie in the hospital bed. Then his dumb ass goes on GMA looking for brownie points for how hard he goes on “45”. He made our president and his supporters sympathetic instead! Victims! JUSSIE is the hate criminal.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    LEE LEE LEE! Somebody go test his bleach!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I don't think Jussie planned all this by himself. If he's lyin he had help...Lizard Lee!

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Stawp it!
    I had high hopes for you...

  • gail jones

    Ha!

  • gail jones

    He's mentally ill

  • Scromes1212

    If he was protecting someone then why go to the police in the first place?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    OT~
    Payless is the latest retail chain to close up shop in the United States.

    The discount shoe store will close all 2,100 of its locations in the United States and Puerto Rico in the coming months, a spokesperson told CNN Business on Friday. Liquidation sales will begin on Sunday and stores will begin closing in March, though most will say open until May.
    Payless also plans to shut down its online store. The company could file for bankruptcy for a second time by the end of the month, according to reports.

  • gail jones

    I USED TO LOOOOOOOVE THAT INTRO!!. GUURRRLLL, YOU CRAZY AS HELL!!????

  • Keekz

    Whaaat....?

  • smartchickfl

    Nobody will miss them and their cardboard shoes. It just sucks for the people that worked there.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Interesting theory. Maybe he paid them to rough him up a little, (even including hitting him in the face under his eye) and the "thugs" got a little carried away. Even if he didnt intend to get a cut on his face, it could have happened, since you cant always control how things are going to unfold if you're doing a fake beatdown.
    Anyway, we can see that he barely got a scratch there and by the time he did the Robin Roberts interview, the scratch/wound is barely even visible at this point.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f5cd45225122682aba09999208a89cbc3af50a1b883731808d07ccb5597d678.jpg

  • INDUSTRY GURU
  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Aww. I always liked them. In my "broke" days, they were the go-to spot to get decent looking shoes on a low budget. But I guess companies like Walmart probably helped drive them out of business by offering lower prices.
    RIP Payless.

  • Kimberly King

    Usually people hire defense attorneys when THEY are they ones being charged with something. I thought he was the victim ? ?? Thirsty ass.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yeah, their lawyer said they had a story to tell, and will tell it "when the time is right".
    He's done.

  • Kimberly King

    Explains why I’ve been seeing Buy one get one free signs all over their windows. I haven’t purchased from Payless in probably 10ish years.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Lol lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    "RIP Payless" LOL! *Cryin & wiping tears*

  • Kimberly King

    Yep. Because I’m quick to buy some cute (but inexpensive) sandals from Walmart. I’ve never paid over $10. I buy shoes from Target as well. These retail giants ain’t playing. They want all the coins. Lol

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You're a hard-hearted Hannah. Without Payless, I would have never made it up to 116 pair of shoes! *weeps*

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You're a hard-hearted Hannah. Without Payless, I would have never made it up to 116 pair of shoes! *weeps*

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Jeff Bezos may soon have another wife to pay for.

  • WhoKnew

    Look at that picture above. That is the face of a man who has lied and realized he messed up real bad and the pic also says "I didn't think this would go left the way it did". I'm doing my best body language expert imitation here.

    Jussie, I believe, is definitely complicit in this and the 2 Nigerian homeboys know it.

  • WhoKnew

    Says who? Spill it.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You made me watch that wh0le thang thinking I was gonna see your picture!
    *beats U wit a brick* Shame on U!!

  • GuestSTAR

    Yea, seems like he would've hired a crisis management team. Let them advise him on how to handle this Tomfoolery.

  • WhoKnew

    Jussie is complicit in some way. Damn shame he took it this far. Feds don't play and federal time and state time are two different monsters time wise and inmate-on-inmate (excuse the pun) crime.

    I really believe that Jussie was dating one or both of those brothers, something went left - maybe a break-up. Also, think Jussie either had a nervous breakdown or is finna have one as soon as the FEDS lock him up. He didn't hire a publicist to run spin, he hired a defense attorney. Only person that needs a defense attorney is someone charged with or who expects to be charged with a crime. Again, damn shame.

  • WhoKnew

    Yep. That's because she knows something that they have told her but she ain't telling. She said she will let them tell it.

  • WhoKnew

    You're welcome.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    I ALMOST MISSED that Gail. Im a man, an educated professional hetero sexual(straight), tailored suit wearing, cigar smoking, scotch drinking 6ft 5, dimples included (lol lol) young black king. #kingslife.

  • dontgetblocked

    Not to be mean, but they'll get a job quickly. Retail jobs are a dime a dozen.

  • dontgetblocked

    I wonder if their papers are good or if the Feds threatened them with deportation. They ratted ole Jussie out.

  • dontgetblocked

    Clearly, he's mentally ill.

  • WhoKnew

    Someone posted a comment that the brothers were given immunity. Does anyone have a link to that story or report? This sounds like it's a job for the crime team on CSI. Maybe they can call it CSI: Chicago.

  • dontgetblocked

    What scratch? It was probably stage makeup in the first place.

  • LogicAndReason

    You will NEVER guess what I found out as an adult. You may not even believe me but I swear this is true-at least in Chicago.

    The REAL leaders of the gangs know each other and are in contact! They consider the foot soldiers “birds” or “sendoff boys”. It’s infuriating to see ppl dying over colors and corners while these dudes stack their $ and laugh!??????

    The next punch in the gut that you can verify yourself is that several Chicago gangs were founded and grown using CHARITY MONEY. They were touted as “community organizations”!!! Google it...I wish I was lying. It turns my stomach!

  • BaileyBlue17

    Jussie needs Olivia Pope!! #SCANDAL

  • Nik

    Okay, I no longer feel bad about my shoe fetish!!!! I was never a fan of Payless but I will admit that over the years they have drastically stepped up their style game. I have seen some hot shoes in da winda!

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Oh, wow lol lol, its the opening credits to one of my favorite old school TV shows, mainly because a close professional associate worked on the series.

    A detective series based in Hollywood a lot of mystery and sexual scandals of the rich and famous. You can watch episodes on youtube.

    I wished all the ladies happy valentines day on Sandras Blog here http://sandrarose.com/2019/02/black-history-month-50-powerful-photos-black-excellence-in-america/#disqus_thread...... you missed it.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Chiiile to bad Perry Mason is deceased

  • Alextra Ballard

    Alot of Payless here if fl has shut done

  • Faux Gibbler

    *sips tea*

  • Faux Gibbler

    Call me crazy but if so much trying to attack my azz, and I have a subway sammich in my hand.. how the heck did that sandwich make it? Did he eat the sammich before he called cops?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Gosh I remember buy'n a pair of Pumps from payless and you could see alla my toe prints. That was my first and last time buying shoes at payless

  • Alextra Ballard

    alot of folks usta shop at payless...but some won't admit it

  • Renee Bee

    Ben Matlock old behind would of solved this case in 1 hour.

  • Alextra Ballard

    I bleeve it...their are building their case. Why would Smollet sabotage his career and livelihood behind foolishness

  • Alextra Ballard

    I still don't understand why they were arrested when Smollet clearly said his attackers were white..

  • Alextra Ballard

    lmaooooooooo

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Payless hasnt been Payless since the 90’s...

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    DSW, Zappos and Amazon helped build my shoe collection ?

  • Dahl

    I haven’t heard so much about Jussie since that show On Our Own with his half a dozen siblings, really not even then, geeze...

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    Exactly why he had to go this far? While it was still in the early stage he could’ve admit it and say it was a bad hook up. People would’ve laughed it off. Besides, who cruised out below zero degrees to get laid smh. If the lifestyle of the gays is so madning, prone to violence, mental illness, substance use etc... why it is heavily promoted? So many questions. He’s definitely looking to do some times for sure

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Good ol fireworks will do it to ya every time ???

  • WhoKnew
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • BaileyBlue17

    So would Detective Robert Goren from "Law & Order:Criminal Intent"

  • WhoKnew

    LOL. I watched an old episode of Matlock and Perry Mason just yesterday.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    I was about to correct her but you beat me to the punch ?.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Thank you, lol !

  • LithiumHaitianFlower

    What?! He tries to ‘commit’ suicide by catching the disease?! He is deeply deranged

  • NeverSurprised

    Jussie had better hope Miss Lee keeps funneling money to him for legal fees, because Michael Monico bills at about $1,000 per hour. Back in 2009 he was billing at $500. The only reason I think he's as low as $1,000 now is because he's in Chicago. A criminal defense attorney of his stature in NY would bill at $1,500+ per hour.

    Now, because he's on tv people assume Jussie is "rich." But as of 2016, he was only making $20k per episode. https://www.newsweek.com/leaked-tv-star-salaries-reveals-big-pay-gap-between-white-and-minority-actors-506585

    That may SOUND like a lot, but when you deduct agent's fee, manager's fee, attorney's fee for contracts, and union dues, that $20k becomes relatively insignificant, especially since they only shot 9 eps. last season. That's less than 200k .BEFORE the aforementioned deductions. Even if we assume his salary was renegotiated to ... say ... $30k per ep last season, that's still chump change compared to the $1mil per ep. the original Big Bang cast members make.

    So, factor in the high cost of living in LA, PLUS the fact that Columbia dropped him from his record deal and he ended up paying for his album expenses HIMSELF, it is easy to conclude that there is NO WAY Miss Jussie can afford to pay for Michael Monico's legal services on his own.

  • the guest

    All that you have illustrated about Jussie's financial situation also explains why he's under the heel of, compromised, and involved with Lee Daniels. I believe Jussie is in an abusive situation tied to his Empire role. Notice how not one cast member has spoken about this, because Lee is involved.

    I wonder if it is Lee who beat on him and he ran to his manager's house and concocted a cover up. If it is Lee we will never know the REAL truth because Jussie will take the fall.

  • gail jones

    Sorry Baby. I assumed (you know what they say about that). I Never try to bring a good brotha down. In addition, I loves me a tall, strong man! ? My bad....

  • Ghost

    Yes...Taraji Henson and Terrance Howard spoke in his behalf the first couple of days and now crickets...none of the other cast members anything! That’s very telling....

  • Elevated Soul

    Those two African brothers flipped and are now cooperating with the Chicago PD.

    Jussie ought to be ashamed of himself for even stooping to this shyt. The fact that he hired a Criminal Defense Attorney tells the tale...

    I'm hearing Donna Lemon may be involved.

  • Chicagowise

    I think they offered them a deal and they sung like Patti Labelle!

  • Chicagowise

    I give up. This story is a level of crazy that I have never seen before! ?

  • the guest

    Exactly. Cause Taraji stand up for justice but she's not putting her integrity behind this mess. Jussie is Lee's hostage. If the real truth ever comes out it may help many young men, gay and straight, held in financial dependent sexual and abuse bondage by powerful men in Hollywood.

    If I had a child into acting, I would never let a child of mine work on a Lee Daniels project.

  • Elevated Soul

    So true...He allowed his Trump Derangement Syndrome to drive him this crazy, until he just may go to prison for it due the stunt he pulled.

    I knew that letter was fake and as you stated the FBI is involved because it became a federal crime,when it was mailed.

  • Elevated Soul

    If he was protecting anyone,it's Lee Daniels or someone else in Hollywood. The police knows because they got access to all of his text messages.They are digging deep.

  • Elevated Soul

    Follow the money....

  • Shamwow

    Boy they put more effort into this than R.Kelly. What?!? Are the trying to redeem themselves.

  • bemetoo

    told yall them african boys were innocent...aint no more evidence sandra ...they really trying too make jussie out of a liar

  • Ghost

    Real clearances are suppose to start this Sunday...I’m going to stock up on flip flops, gym shoes, shoe liners and socks...

  • ClaireHuxtable

    You're rich. Cliff has me on a budget these days.

  • MJF

    Yup, I have one in my neighborhood that I haven’t been to in years but guess who’s going on Sunday for these deals!

  • bemetoo

    so the police never publicly release information on the brothers so how the fwak do we know them african boys were the brothers in question???? i need answers sandra and the rose garden

  • ClaireHuxtable

    True.

  • Chicagowise

    If he went through all that trouble to stage a beatdown, why wasn't it caught on video? Streeterville is loaded with surveillance cameras. Wait. I think I answered my own question. It wasn't caught on camera, because the attackers aren't white and story is a hoax.

  • Chicagowise

    Jussie said, the two men caught on camera, the morning of his attack, are the perpetrators. The police said, the two brothers are the same men who were identified as persons of interest. The brothers' attorney said, her clients had information that provided the police with new leads and were let go. Sounds like a deal was struck. The cops often let the little fish swim, if they give up the big one.

  • WhoKnew

    After seeing this video, I'm going to quit wishing for snow. This went down in Missouri yesterday.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1096550488714170368

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • WhoKnew

    Somebody from Chicago PD probably leaking information to the press.

  • Elevated Soul

    Indeed....Jussie thought he was being slick when he gave the police the heavily redacted copy of his phone calls.The police had probable cause, which meant they only needed to get a subpoena from a judge,to gain access to his unredacted phone records. They know everything.

    I still scratch my head, at the fact that Jussie was dumb enough to go on GMA........

  • Chicagowise

    They needed something to draw attention to their show? Were the ratings that low? I think I watched one or two episodes, but it didn't hold my attention.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Good idea.

  • bemetoo

    again how does that make in true or accurate ??? they could be telling us anything... they couldve had 2 white brothers in custody the whole time trying to make jussie seem like the liar

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yes U R, Hunty!! Believe it, retrieve it, achieve it...then oops...lose it Nene.
    Love,
    Donald

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    In my Barry white voice.....Now thats more like it baby!

  • NeverSurprised

    Lee Daniels is vile, I don't think there is any question about that. And there's no doubt that he has used his position to lure many young black men into his bed. I dont know what transpired between him and Jussie, but the fact that Jussie could even afford to pay Monico's retainer -- which I guarantee you is between $25k and $50k, and given the notoriety of the case, Monico ABSOLUTELY demanded closer to $50k -- tells me Daniels is bankrolling it.

    Lee is so cheap he doesn't even want to pay back the money he borrowed from Damon Dash, so, you KNOW he isn't going to shell out that kind of cash to Jussie without SOMETHING being amiss.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Thats what he claimed....he was tired of the pain of loosing friends to the virus, in a deep depression and fueled by multiple drug binges he tired to catch it.

  • NeverSurprised

    He hired a VERY expensive criminal attorney that he can't afford. Rest assured someone with deep pockets. (like Miss Daniels) is paying for it.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Horrible video! RIP to all the victims ??

  • Faux Gibbler

    It’s a shame with these two men are going through

  • WhoKnew

    Yeah, they said the road was just a sheet of ice and it was almost impossible for anyone to stop.

  • WhoKnew

    You think Ms. Daniels is really involved, huh? This ain't gonna end well for either of them if that's true.

    https://youtu.be/_e08iD26Rj8

  • WhoKnew

    It's possible and all such a mystery.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    The cars hit each other like they were going 90 miles per hour... The crumpling mental sound is horrid?

  • WhoKnew

    It really was horrid. My son and I watched that video and we said the same thing "why are they going so fast". But then if you look at the video again it kind of seems like the ice is propelling the speed and making it impossible for them to stop.

  • WhoKnew

    Somebody need to call Analise Keating from "How to Get Away with Murder. She can find all the hidden bodies and the lies.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Jussie is involuntarily committed in the near future under a 5150 that gets extended beyond 2 days to give his new attorney time to try to get his ass out of the frying pan.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Thank U so much!

  • Stacey J

    Jussie has boxed Chicago PD in with this mess...they have to solve this case so they don't look like they either are giving special treatment to a celebrity or dismissing a hate crime. This is not going to end well for you bruh....just come out now and say what you did.

  • Star

    CNN is saying that he probably paid these guys to do this this is why he has lawyered up

  • Hazel

    CNN is reporting that police sources say Smollett orchestrated the attack.....

  • Renee Bee

    Yep. That's a good one too.
    Uh-uh (makes the sound on the show)

  • Ghost

    Yes... CNN also says that the two brothers purchased the rope that was around Jussie’s neck at a ace hardware store...they are cooperating FULLY with the police....this will be wrapped up by the end of the weekend...?

  • BaileyBlue17

    Lol

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Before Olivia Pope there was Olivia benson SVU where she at? Bring stabler back too

  • Keekz

    ?? Da#n, you're a super sleuth. If something ever happens to me, I want you on the case.

  • Keekz

    ?? Don't put they azz in the Woman's prison.

  • Keekz

    Right! Throw is annoying azz in the hole.

  • Keekz

    ???

  • Keekz

    I concur on that one. His sneaky annoying azz had something to do w/all of this.

  • Bonita

    About damn time the truth that most of us already knew is coming out!

  • smartchickfl

    116! Don't get me wrong, I love a good bargain, but their shoes always hurt my feet lol....

  • Faux Gibbler

    Just look at the original story. Only people who wanted it to be true believed it—all logical thinking went out the window.

  • Faux Gibbler

    12! 12 detectives.

  • HRH_DORIT

    Oh Lee Daniels us a rapist now ?? When did that happen??

  • Shamwow

    He probably had a small ass bottle of bleach on the counter next to the receipt. He was on such a mission to appear innocent that he didn’t pay attention to the small details. Just speculation.

  • Shamwow

    I suppose they were arrested because of the rideshare records of them in the area. I don’t even think they wore handcuffs I suspect they walked in to tell their story and left. Jussie did the most with his story. Too much talking and all of the extravagant believe me schemes.

  • Shamwow

    I suppose he thought Any publicity is good publicity. He was probably determined to not be put on the shelf like the rest of the curly haired Smolletts. We haven’t heard from them since that family show they had years ago.

  • Elevated Soul

    I felt the same about how quiet the other cast members have been and that is indeed telling.

    He got Taraji/Terrence out here looking like fools, the others knew better.

    Jussie pulled this stunt because he feels entitled because he is gay and slept with someone to get the role.

  • Wesley

    Man...you could have just rolled to the Southside and had a burner phone and paid some people.....just stupid ?????

  • Elevated Soul

    I use to watch the show but no more, as of this year.I knew the ratings went down but damn!

    The show was decent but it turned off many because they always showed Jamal sleeping with some random. The theme never went beyond Jamal's sexuality which was Jussie's character.It never conveyed the complexity of Jamal.

    Lee Daniels exploited Jussie's sexuality for a make believe show.

    Jussie is a very sick man who has been used up by Lee Daniels and Hollywood.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    L0l! Hey, how's that baby??

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He's the king of freaky, low-down smut.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    No men & no p33nuses l0l!

  • Chicagowise

    I can see that, now. I watched a few episodes, but the show didn't interest me, but I thought it had a strong fanbase. Looks like I was wrong, because Jussie's behavior was a clear act of desperation.

  • Dikta Mutumbi

    Yo gotz de STANKFOOT

  • Dikta Mutumbi

    Yo look like a monkey

  • Dikta Mutumbi

    Yo iz retarded right?

  • Dikta Mutumbi

    DE STANKY BROWN been AROUND

  • SunRiseBlossom

    I LOVE when Benson and Stabler were partners on SVU!!!

  • Faux Gibbler

    Chai Tea. ??

  • Don Hanlon

    How long have you and Jussie been together?

  • Don Hanlon

    You can’t read can you?

  • bemetoo

    Lol this was before the leaks sis

  • smartchickfl

    He's doing great he's 11 weeks and 15 lbs?? lol!