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Jussie Smollett took the stand on Tuesday for the second day in a row in her trial.

The former “Empire” actor denied all allegations under oath that he had brought the Osundaro brothers on a “dry run” two days before their attack. The two siblings previously testified that he paid them to help carry out the attack in downtown Chicago in January of 2019.


Smollett sat in the witness stand where he faced tension, continuing to cross-examine special prosecutor Dan Webb, who began questioning him as a witness the previous day. Earlier in the day, Webb forced Smollett to deny that he picked up Abimbola and Olabingo Osundaro in his car and drove them around the area he wanted to attack.

Prosecutors previously said that this is where Smollett instructed them what to buy, what to say and that they cut a check for $3,500 as payment for the deed. However, Smollett, as he has conducted a thorough examination, denied that he had pre-planned the incident with the brothers. He claims he was smoking marijuana around town only for fun after he canceled plans to work that day.

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Although surveillance video purportedly shows the Smollett brothers driving around the area three times that day, the actor said the area is right across the road from the garage to their apartment building. He also noted that at the time he was supposed to plan the attack with the brothers, he was messaging with MSNBC about a possible interview.

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Webb also featured private Instagram messages between Bola Osundairo and Smollett, in which the latter kept Bola updating information about his whereabouts and flight delays on the night of the attack, making the case that he was working with her for the timing of the planned attack. was doing. A moment of contention between the two ensued when the web began to read the messages aloud. Some of the messages included the use of the N-word, prompting Smollett to interrupt the prosecutor by asking him to spell or abbreviate the word so as not to offend “every African American in this room”.

Webb said Smollett is welcome to read his own messages in court, but he would not censor quotes from the actor’s messages. Smollett complied and the two moved on.

Brothers Olabinjo Osundaro, right, and Abimbola Osundaro, pose outside the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, February 24, 2020.

From there, Webb completes Smollett’s cross-examination by discussing the night of the alleged attack. He told Osundaro’s testimony that he was told to attack Smollett at 2 a.m. that night as a “bold face lie.” Instead, Smollett alleged that he went out that night to buy eggs at a Walgreens, which he thought was open 24/7. When he realized it wasn’t, he stopped to get a Subway sandwich. On his way home, he was attacked by two men whom he claims he cannot identify.

He previously testified that he assumed the two men were white, based on the use of the phrase “MAGA” along with the N-word in reference to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan. He declined to tell police whether he was sure the attackers were white, saying he did not use the word “pale-skinned” in an attempt to create an impression or be racist.