Nigerian brothers say Jussie Smollett faked threatening letter a week before 'hoax attack'



  • Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo told Chicago police that Jussie Smollett created the 'threatening letter' he received on January 22 
  • They claimed he was upset the January 22 letter he claimed to receive which called him a 'black f*g' did not get enough attention
  • 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 has reccused herself because of her 'familiarity' with some of the people involved
  • Her office will not say who it is that she knows but that she did not want her impartiality questioned 
  • Smollet has repeatedly denied making the story up and has hired a team of lawyers 
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.
Unnamed law enforcement sources told ABC earlier this week 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.' 
The Chicago Police Department will not confirm on the record that they are treating the attack as a hoax and Smollett has not been arrested or charged Read More.........
On January 22, the Empire actor 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.
When the white powder was discovered, HAZMAT crews were called to the scene, but the substance was later determined to be crushed aspirin. 
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. 
Among items taken from the brothers' home during a raid last week was a magazine but it remains unclear if it is the same one the letters came from.  
There was also a stick figure drawing of a man with a gun pointed at his head on the drawing.
Smollett and Empire producer Dennis Hammer both handled it with gloves while opening it before calling the police, leaked police reports into the incident reveal.
Chicago police also seized a book of stamps from one of the homes, according to the TV station Read More.........
The FBI and the United States Postal Service are now analyzing it.    
Smollett did not post on social media about the letter and it was unknown until after the January 29 attack when a photograph of it appeared on That Grape Juice Net. 
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 also reportedly told police that Smollett is the source of the letter and the pair are expected to testify against him 
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 also reportedly told police that Smollett is the source of the letter and the pair are expected to testify against him
During a Good Morning America interview afterwards, Smollett confirmed he had received it, described it to host Robin Roberts then said: 'Did I make that up too?' 
As more details of the investigation into the letter emerged on Tuesday, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case because of her 'familiarity' with 'potential witnesses Read More.........
It remains unclear who those potential witnesses are that could cloud her impartiality. 
'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. 
First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats will step in as acting state's attorney for the Smollett investigation. 
Smollett claims he was assaulted while walking home from a local Subway at 2am on January 29.
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 Read More.........
There is no footage of the attack, to Smollett's despair.  
It has also emerged that in 2007, Smollett pleaded no contest to a California misdemeanor complaint. 
Smollett told police he was attacked as he walked home from a Subway at 2am on January 29
Smollett told police he was attacked as he walked home from a Subway at 2am on January 29
Court records show he was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother in 2007 when a Los Angeles police officer pulled him over on suspicion of driving under the influence.
The misdemeanor complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in September 2007 says that Smollett gave the name of his brother, Jake Smollett, when he was asked by an officer. He also signed a false name on the promise to appear in court. Smollett also was later charged with false impersonation, driving under the influence and driving without a valid license.
Court records show Smollett pleaded no contest to the reduced charge of giving false information, in addition to driving under the influence and driving without a valid license counts. The records show he later completed an alcohol education and treatment program and completed the terms of his sentence in May 2008.

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