Man testifies Smollett recruited him, brother to fake attack
By DON BABWIN and SARA BURNETT
CHICAGO (AP) — A man who worked with Jussie Smollett says the former “Empire” actor recruited him and his brother to fake a homophobic and racist attack. Abimbola Osundairo is testifying Wednesday at Smollett’s trial. Osundairo was friends with Smollett and worked with him on the TV show “Empire.” He says Smollett asked him and his brother “to fake beat him up” and instructed them on how to carry out the hoax. Smollett is accused of lying to police when he reported he was the victim of the January 2019 assault in downtown Chicago. Smollett’s defense attorney says he was a “real victim” and that the brothers’ accounts are unreliable.