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The saga of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett came to an inglorious end at 5 a.m. CT on Thursday when the actor was taken into custody by Chicago police for allegedly filing a false report. The arrest follows a nearly month-long odyssey that began with news reports indicating that Smollett, who is black and gay, was attacked by two men, one of them masked, on a Chicago street in the small hours of January 29. “He alleged they yelled racist and homophobic slurs, tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.”
In addition to the sworn statement by Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, the two brothers he hired to stage the attack, police have recovered security camera video of the men purchasing the mask and more, reportedly at Smollett’s instructions.
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In their statement, the men, who were originally treated as suspects, also affirmed, as a means of setting themselves apart from Smollett:
WE ARE NOT RACIST. WE ARE NOT HOMOPHOBIC, AND WE ARE NOT ANTI-TRUMP. WE WERE BORN AND RAISED IN CHICAGO AND ARE AMERICAN CITIZENS.
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