Closing arguments underway in Jussie Smollett's trial for alleged hoax attack - CNN
Dec 08, 2021 1 min, 14 secs
The charge is punishable by up to three years in prison.

The criminal trial started last week as prosecutors told the jury that Smollett, who is Black and gay, directed two acquaintances -- the brothers Bola and Ola Osundairo -- to carry out a fake anti-gay and racist attack on a frigid night in Chicago near Smollett's apartment building.

But after interviewing the Osundairo brothers -- who knew Smollett from the "Empire" show -- and finding other evidence, authorities instead determined that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the hate crime so he could get publicity and a career boost.

Smollett has repeatedly denied the allegations and his attorneys have said he paid the brothers to be his trainers.

Smollett was initially indicted on 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct in March 2019.

Bola Osundairo, who was closer to Smollett, told the court that Smollett "wanted me to fake beat him up." He said he agreed to do so because he felt indebted to the actor.

"I believed he could help further my acting career," Bola Osundairo testified.

I said yes."

His brother Ola Osundairo told jurors that Smollett "had this crazy idea of having two MAGA supporters attack him," and that he wanted "to put that on social media."


Afterward, Bola Osundairo approached him about becoming his personal security guard, something Osundairo had repeatedly asked him, Smollett testified.

In addition, he testified that he formed a sexual relationship with Bola Osundairo but said he was "creeped out" by Ola Osundairo.

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