I assume the Jussie Smollett’s defense will be that he had no idea that the Empire actors were the ones who beat him up and now they are lying on him to keep themselves from being thrown in jail.
I am not sure if that defense will hold up, but that is what he is going with for now.
Here is what the actors are telling cops.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Abel and Ola Osundairo told cops they got in a car with Jussie and scouted a location, settling on the one right outside the actor’s apartment. The brothers said Jussie chose the spot because he believed a camera would have captured the action.
Our sources say the brothers told police Jussie said he wanted to make it a “physical thing,” but not to the point he’d be seriously injured.
On the night Jussie says he was attacked, the brothers claim they showed up at the scene but were extremely nervous because, just as they played out the scene, a car drove by and they were worried they’d be ID’d.
Our sources say the brothers performed per the rehearsal — they screamed out they recognized Jussie from “Empire” and then hurled the racist n-word and the homophobic f-word.
The brothers told cops they “made contact with Jussie’s face” but it was “weak.” They said they didn’t know how he suffered the bruises but the staged fight was not designed to injure him.
TMZ broke the story … when cops arrived, Jussie took them down to the area he said the “attack” went down and pointed to the camera, saying it was good the incident was captured on video. What he didn’t know was that the camera was pointed in the wrong direction and didn’t capture the incident.
It looks like the camera part is what initially made the cops suspicious and they have been trying to pin everything on Jussie ever since.
Flip the page to see one of the brothers boxing and pics of the evidence against Smollett. It looks like he could do some damage if he wanted to.