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Published 2022-03-15
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Jussie Smollett - Empire Star Locked In Jail Psych Ward! Fears For His Life Now?

The Next Few Days After

Not long after, messages of support from celebrities such as Viola Davis and Janelle Monae. His Empire co-stars including Grace Byers and Naomi Campbell had also voiced their support after the alleged attack. But soon enough people were raising their eyebrows when it was revealed that the actor refused to hand his phone over to the authorities as part of the investigation. The reason that they wanted it was because they wanted to confirm details of what happened as Jussie had said that during the attack, he was on the phone to his manager. Though the police had clarified that, at the time, he was a victim and not treated as a criminal. Several days after the attack he did Smollett provided police with a PDF file of his phone records though they have been redacted and some bits were covered up. But once again, the police at that time had said that they did not suspect any wrongdoing.

Things Change & Jussie Is Charged

It was February 14th, 2019, when the police had revealed that two people of interest were arrested and interviewed by the police, but not charged and not treated as suspects. They were Obabinjo (Ola) and Abimbola (Abel) Osundairo, two brothers originally from Nigeria. As their lawyer revealed, they had worked as Empire extras, sometimes going to the gym with the actor. At the same time Jussie did an interview in which he said: “If I had said [the attackers] was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more." A few days after that, things took a turn as Chicago police had released the brother without a charge, and added they planned to speak with Smollett as there was some development in the investigation. Then on February 20th that year, Chicago police said the actor is charged with "disorderly conduct/filing a false police report".

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