Osundairo Brothers Reenact Jussie Smollett Attack

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Actor Jussie Smollett Appears Outside Of Court After It Was Announced That All Charges Have Been Dropped Against Him
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MARCH 26: Actor Jussie Smollett after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse on March 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. This morning in court it was announced that all charges were dropped against the actor. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

On "Anatomy of a Hoax," the Osundairo brothers return to the streets of Chicago and detail their version of events.

Fox Nation is bringing the Jussie Smollett scandal back to the forefront. Last week, the new docuseries Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax was revealed, and the show premiered yesterday (March 13). It was in January 2019 that Smollett told the Chicago Police Department he was walking down the street in the early morning hours when he was attacked by two men. He described them as white with red MAGA hats, and alleged they assaulted him while spewing racist and homophobic slurs. The Empire actor appeared with a noose around his neck, purportedly placed there by his assailants. Quickly, the CPD got to work to find the suspects.

However, their investigation uncovered that the attack was potentially staged. The Osundairo brothers, two actors and fitness enthusiasts, soon found their names encased in controversy. In February 2019, investigators raided the brothers' home, and they reportedly found information tying them to Smollett. Evidence later revealed that Abimbola and Olabinjo were allegedly paid $3,500 dollars by the actor to pull off the deception. The brothers reenacted the attack in Anatomy of a Hoax.

Osundairo Brothers Take To The Streets Of Chicago

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 24: Attorney Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez with Abimbola and Ola Osundairo (R) arrive at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on February 24, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Fox Nation shared a clip of their docuseries where the Osundairo brothers revisited the location they claim the fake assault took place. They smiled and joked about the experience as they relived the encounter. First, they noted that the bench where they had waited for Smollett had been removed. "They took our beautiful bench," said Ola. Abel added, "We got here with 10 minutes to spare, and we had to plan our escape route to survey the land."

Abel then showed where Smollett lived, "right above the stairs that we're going to attack him at." He also communicated they made sure to arrive at "2:00 a.m. sharp, on the dot." Abel stated the actor didn't want them to have any phones on them. "He said so we don't lose 'em. I don't know if that's really the reason, but you can deduce your own reason." The brothers claimed when the agreed-upon time rolled around, Smollett "was nowhere to be found."

Jussie Smollett Finally Shows Up

Because they didn't have their phones, the brothers couldn't contact Smollett. About five minutes later, Smollett reportedly appeared, and they got into character. "Is that him? Let's get that n******," they recalled saying. "As we cross the street, we say 'Hey' to get his attention," remembered Abel. "He turned around, looked at us, and that's when we started yelling the famous slurs he wanted us to yell."

Meanwhile, Smollett is currently fighting his false report convictions. He was sentenced to 150 days in jail but was released after six. The actor has continued to insist he did not stage a hoax, but his supporters fear his career has been irreparably harmed due to the scandal. Check out the Osundairo brothers reenacting their line of events above.

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