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Two Nigerian brothers who “have a relationship” with “Empire” star Jussie Smollett have been arrested in the alleged hate attack on the TV actor — further fueling speculation he staged it, Chicago police said Friday.
The two men — budding models and actors Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo — are being held on suspicion of assault and battery, according to TMZ.
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“Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.
The development came as it surfaced that one of the Osundairo brothers arrested was charged with attempted murder in 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday.
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The unidentified sibling eventually reached a plea deal in the Chicago stabbing, copping to aggravated battery, and received two years probation.
Chicago cops said both suspects “have a relationship” with Smollett. Their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, said the brothers have worked on Smollett’s hit Fox drama and that the three of them are gym buddies who worked out together.
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Ola played a prison inmate on “Empire” and had a part on the NBC series “Chicago PD” last year, according to TMZ and his IMDB page.
Smollett is one of the brothers’ nearly 19,000 followers on their joint Instagram account, which features photos of the duo pumping iron.
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Smollett, 36, plays Jamal Lyon — the gay son of hip-hop mogul Lucious and his wife, Cookie, who struggles to win his father’s approval — on the Golden Globe-nominated show.
Smollett, who is also a singer-songwriter, is gay.
The men, who weren't immediately identified, have not yet been...
Friday’s developments in the case were only the latest twist in the dramatic, made-for-TV saga that began Jan. 29, when the alleged attack took place — and has since created a firestorm of controversy, including spawning theories that the entire incident was a hoax perpetrated by Smollett to...
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