UPDATE: Jussie Smollet has been found guilty.
The trial of Jussie Smollett has been marked by contrasting testimony between the Osundairo brothers and Smollett himself, according to The Federalist.
Closing arguments were expected to begin on Wednesday and has the publication’s Eddie Scarry questioning if the disgraced actor found out what happened when you attempt to scam a Nigerian.
Smollett was charged with filing a false police report in 2019 when he claimed to be assaulted by two men who appeared to be supporters of former President Donald Trump.
The actor claimed that the pair, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, yelled racist and homophobic slurs during the attack that turned out to be allegedly perpetrated by the Nigerian brothers.
Further details of the case revealed that the brothers were reportedly paid by Smollett to fake the incident, likely for the point of professional and political attention.
“On the stand, Smollett, a TV actor, was defensive and irritable at simple questions of facts, like why he was aimlessly driving around with the Osundairos before the supposed assault (the Osundairos say that was when he was asking them to stage the event), whether he had text messaged one of the brothers, and why he told police that one of his assailants was ‘white’ and ‘pale’ when in reality the Osundairos couldn’t turn darker if they ran out of breath,” Scarry said in his report on the trial.
Special Prosecutor Daniel Webb read text messages aloud from Smollett to one of the brothers, prompting Smollett to ask Webb not to repeat back to him his own use of the n-word, “out of respect for every African American in the courtroom.”
In his defense, Smollett claimed that he was close friends with Abimbola Osundairo and that Abimbola, a.k.a. “Abel,” who was reportedly his physical trainer.
Webb asked Smollett if he had exchanged messages with Osundairo in relation to working out the night of the attack and Smollett responded that he did not, but “there’s also no messages about an attack and I’m on trial for an attack that I didn’t do.”