New revelations continue to be made public in the ongoing investigation of the alleged attack against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
Smollet has since gone from being categorized as a victim to having been charged with allegedly faking the racist attack.
Among the evidence against the man who claimed he was a victim of a hate crime is stunning video footage, tracked down by Charlie De Mar of WBBM, the CBS station in Chicago.
It shows two brothers acquainted with Smollett, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, making purchases, apparently of items related to the attack.
The men claimed that Smollett hired them to help him stage the incident, rehearsed it with them beforehand, and paid for their help.
If all of that’s true, he should have been a lot smarter about going about it.
I tracked down surveillance of the Osundairo’s buying supplies before “attack”
Sources say Jussie Smollet told brothers what to buy.
Countless phone calls placed for this.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019
Visible in the video and reported by De Mar are ski masks, a red hat, and gloves. The items were all purchased the day before the Jan. 29 fraudulent attack, according to WBBM. The brothers claimed that Smollett told them what to buy.
Rope used for a noose in the alleged attack was purchased separately by one or both of the brothers on the weekend of the 25th. That was purchased at the Crafty Beaver Hardware Store, according to WBBM.
Check out the WBBM report here:
Even though he turned himself in to police, as of last word, Smollett has continued to declare his innocence in the matter.
From the beginng, though, there were questions.
It wasn’t just the improbability of two white Trump supporters strolling through Chicago at 2 a.m. armed with bleach and a noose in sub-freezing temperatures that raised eyebrows. Even Smollett’s interview with Robin Roberts of ABC’s Good Morning America seemed “off,” like perhaps he was acting, and badly at that.
brothers Olabingo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo, accused by Empire star of homophobic attack. pic.twitter.com/XttknZRd6m
— Bo Mbindwane (@mbindwane) February 19, 2019
The brothers also claimed to police that days prior to the attack and rehearsals, Smollett had a threatening letter mailed to the “Empire” set. When it didn’t “get a bigger reaction,” he was disappointed, WBBM reported. The letter also contained a white powder, later identified as aspirin.
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) February 21, 2019
However this all shakes out in a court of law, the video of the brothers purchasing the items for the attack definitely points to a lack of smart planning. Even actors should know from scripts, TV shows and movies that surveillance video can help solve cases.
Smollett even noted during his “Good Morning America” interview that the camera that was present during that alleged attack was pointed in the wrong direction.
So, he was aware of surveillance cameras being able to capture crimes. He just wasn’t smart enough to think they could capture purchases in a store?
The video of the Osundairos making the purchases could be one more nail in the career coffin of a man who some thought of as a talented actor with a promising future ahead of him. If he is guilty of perpetrating this hoax, the question remains as to why he would do it.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it because Smollett was “dissatisfied with his salary.”
Most people in the normal working life ask for a raise. In the case of actors, they have their agents try to negotiate a better deal.
To risk your career and imprisonment because you want a better salary hardly seems like a smart thing to do. Then again, for more than two years, the left has been using hate for Donald Trump and his supporters as a means of cashing in, with job offers and book deals as examples.
While some may say that wasn’t very smart, it is understandable, with those examples at play, why someone would believe they could get away with it and simultaneously cash in.
Of course, such a person would have to be smart enough to get away with it.
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