Jussie Smollett ‘faked’ threatening letter a week before ‘hoax attack’

Jussie Smollett ‘faked’ threatening letter a week before ‘hoax attack’

February 20, 2019

Nigerian brothers ‘tell police Jussie Smollett WAS behind the threatening letter he received a week before the “staged” attack’, while the state attorney recuses herself from the case over ‘questions of impartiality’

  • Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo told Chicago police that Jussie Smollett created the ‘threatening letter’ he received on January 22 
  • Police say the January 22 letter he claimed to receive which called him a ‘black f*g’ did not get enough attention, leading to the ‘staged hoax attack’ a week later
  • There is no record of the letter in the public domain until after the January 29 incident
  • The FBI has now stepped in to investigate the letter, which came with a white powder that reportedly turned out to be aspirin
  • Smollett is now preparing to be questioned again by Chicago Police Department
  • Sources say the two brothers told cops Smollett paid them to carry out the ‘racist and homophobic’ attack on January 29
  • Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced that she is recusing herself from the Smollett case, her office said on Tuesday

The two brothers at the center of the Jussie Smollett investigation told police that the Empire actor helped create the threatening letter he received at his studio, a week before the alleged attack, according to reports.

The Chicago Police Department say that Smollett hired the two men, Ola and Abel Osundairo, as part of the staged attack after the letter that he received on the set of Empire did not get a ‘bigger reaction,’ according to WBBM-TV. 

On January 22, Smollett received an envelope containing a letter and white powder.

The stamped letter was addressed to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, where the popular Fox drama Empire is filmed.

Chicago police say they have evidence Jussie Smollett (seen above in December) wrote the threatening letter he claimed was sent to the Empire studio where his show is filmed in Chicago on January 22

This is the letter Smollett allegedly received at the Fox studio, a week before the January 29 incident 

Brothers Abel (left) and Ola Osundairo (right) were released without charge last week after allegedly telling police Smollett paid them to perform the attack. They reportedly told police that Smollett is the source of the letter

When the white powder was discovered, HAZMAT crews were called to the scene, but the substance was later determined to be crushed aspirin, police sources told WBBM-TV. 

The letter was scrawled with the words ‘You will die black f*g’, spelled out in cut and pasted magazine letters, and MAGA which was written in red pen. 

There was also a stick figure drawing of a man with a gun pointed at his head. 

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Police said they have a magazine that was retrieved from one of the Nigerian’s men’s home. That magazine is being cited as evidence in the case, it has been reported.

Chicago police also seized a book of stamps from one of the homes, according to the TV station.

The FBI is handling the investigation as it pertains to the letter, according to Chicago police, because that is a federal-level concern.

At the time he received the letter, Smollett never tweeted about it nor did he share a photograph of it on Instagram. 

Smollett told police he was attacked as he walked home from a Subway at 2am on January 29

Jussie Smollett is pictured during his Good Morning America interview on Thursday where he described the threatening letter he received a week before being allegedly attacked

He did confirm receiving it during his interview with GMA last week where he condemned the skepticism surrounding his account of the attack and referred to the letter, saying: ‘Did I make that up too?’ 

Meanwhile, it was announced on Tuesday that Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the case.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats will step in as acting state’s attorney for the Smollett investigation. 

‘Out of an abundance of caution, the decision to recuse herself was made to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case,’ Foxx’s office said in a statement. 

On January 29, a week after the letter was received, Smollett claims he was assaulted while walking home from a local Subway.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the Smollett case, it was announced by her office on Tuesday

Smollett alleged that the perpetrators tied a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted racist and homophobic slurs. 

The attackers called him ‘Empire f****t n****r’, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck, he said. 

There is no footage of the attack, to Smollett’s despair. 

But Chicago police later began to suspect that the attack was staged by Smollett.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles prosecutors confirmed that in August 2007, Smollett pleaded no contest to three misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol.

The actor also did not have a valid driver license and provided false information to law enforcement, according to WFLD-TV.

He was sentenced to two years probation.      

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