The Osundairo brothers spoke out to the media for the first time in a sit-down interview on Fox Nation titled Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax, which is now streaming on the video subscription app.
The brothers, who say they were paid by actor and activist Jussie Smollett to stage the hate hoax, didn’t hold anything back while dishing the dirt surrounding the fake ‘racist and homophobic’ attack that rocked the nation and sent the mainstream media into a frenzy back in January of 2019.
As you may remember, many in the media took the Empire actor for his word on what allegedly happened on the streets of Chicago that frigid January night, despite things not exactly adding up.
But the narrative was clearly too irresistible for many in the media to do their due diligence and wait for the facts to come out before jumping to conclusions, as the openly gay actor claimed he was attacked by ‘racist, MAGA hat wearing, Trump supporters.’
Why let pesky facts get in the way of a good smear on supporters of former President Donald Trump, right?!
In this five-part docu-series Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo explain how they got entangled in the hate hoax and go on to explain that they didn’t realize the major implications their actions would have, as they didn’t expect for Smollett to report the incident to police. They also believed that Smollett would eventually fess up to the hoax, which he has yet to do.
The disgraced actor was found guilty on five out of six felony counts of disorderly conduct for making a false police report in December of 2021.
He served just six days of his 150-day sentence. His attorneys also appealed the conviction almost a year after his sentence.
Abimbola: I thought that Jussie was going to come to our aid and say oh no, that’s not what happened and these guys were my friends and I hired them to fake attack me. I thought he was really gonna come out and do that. Boy was I, no, he did not come obviously. And to this day, he has not come out to say the truth.
Olabinjo: Three years later.
(Jussie Smollett ABC interview): Number one, I want them to find the people that did it. Number two, I want them to stop being able to say alleged attack.
Abimbola: Yeah, I thought he was a good actor but I also was thinking that this guy is a fraud. This guy is really sitting here just lying to these people, lying through his teeth and not caring. I think he shed a tear.
(Jussie Smollett ABC interview): And I want a little gay boy who might watch this to see that I fought back.
Abimbola: This dude is crazy man. He shed a tear man. This dude is wild.
Olabinjo: He gets paid for it.
Abimbola: Yeah, I don’t know, but I did feel betrayed by Jesse and what he had done. I didn’t know what to do. I wasn’t ready to say anything.
It’s hard to believe that anyone could seriously think that ‘racist Trump supporters’ were randomly on the prowl in the streets of Chicago on one of the coldest nights of the year waiting to attack Smollett on his early morning Subway sandwich run.
The chances of a Trump supporter even knowing who Smollett was or being familiar with the Fox show ‘Empire’, was a bit of a stretch to say the least.
Benny Williams, a former Fox Entertainment executive, details the moment that made him think Smollett wasn’t being truly honest about what happened.
He said it was when Smollett referred to himself as the ‘gay Tupac’ in front of a large crowd at the Troubadour in West Hollywood during his first public appearance a few days after the alleged attack.
Bennie Williams: Wow, we’re getting, we’re getting it straight from the horse’s mouth.
(Jessie Smollett At Troubadour): and above all, I fought back.
Bennie Williams: He then says…
(Jessie Smollett At Troubadour): I’m the gay Tupac.
Bennie Williams: And the crowd just goes crazy. They wanted to believe it. But in my mind, when he said that, it was a letdown. I knew it was false. I knew it’s completely false. I knew that that didn’t happen, the minute he said that and the reason why I knew that is because anyone who’s been through that kind of trauma and that sort of situation would never describe it in those terms. I’ve been robbed. I know people who have robbed people. I have never, ever, ever heard them described that experience anyway close to that. Never, never in my life. And that’s when I knew, I said, if that really happened to you, you would never describe it in that way, ever, ever. There’s no sort of heroics about that. There’s no puffing your chest up about that sort of thing.
Later in the docuseries, the Osundario brothers take a cameraman back to the scene of the hate hoax and hilariously reenact went down.
Abimbola: I had on the all black, two coats. We had the hand warmers too.
Olabinjo: I had hand warmers. I had two pair of gloves, hand warmers in my shoes and they did not work for nothing. It was below zero.
Abimbola: It was cold as hell.
Olabinjo: And I was just like, man, what am I even doing out here right now? It was crazy.
Abimbola: It was negative 15, but it felt like negative 50, for real.
Olabinjo: I remember, man, we was in character the whole time. I was in my bubble character. That was, yeah, we’re gonna get that (N-word).
Abimbola: Yeah. This is MAGA country, wait until we see that (expletive) Empire (expletive). What the (expletive) is black power?
Olabinjo: They took our beautiful bench.
Abimbola: This is where we waited for Jussie to come before we attacked him. So we got here with ten minutes to spare and we had to plan our escape route to survey the land. His building is actually right here, right above the stairs that we were going to attack him at. And we made sure we got there at 2 a.m. sharp.
Olabinjo: On the dot.
Abimbola: On the dot. We had no phones because he did not want us to bring any phones. He said, so we don’t lose them. I don’t know if that’s really the reason but you can deduce your own reason.
Apparently, Smollett was late for his own hate crime attack. Come on. Really? Hilarious.
Abimbola: So we waited here for about, what–– four minutes?
Olabinjo: About four minutes, but it felt like forever.
Abimbola: Because it was cold as balls. So I saw him out the corner of my eye and I was like, okay, that’s him. Let’s go.
Olabinjo: We gotta get this Empire (N-word). Yeah, that’s him. That’s him.
Abimbola: Is that him standing there? Oh, he’s fast. Get that (N-word), come on, let’s get him, get him, get him. As we cross the street we said hey, to get his attention. He turned around, looked at us and that’s when we started yelling the famous slurs he wanted us to yell. Hey, aren’t you that Empire (expletive). This is MAGA country. And then he said, what did you say to me? And then that’s when I threw the first punch. I held the blow because I didn’t want to hurt him, of course. So I made it look real, but I held it and we started tussling, and moving around and then I threw him to the ground. He wanted it to look like he fought back. That was very important for him because he said, –– hey, don’t just beat my ass, make it look like I’m fighting back and whatnot. So we did that and then I threw him to the ground and after I threw him to the ground, he had no bruise. I wanted it to look more real. So I used my knuckle and gave him a noogie. So I went like this. Why did I do that? To give him a scar. To give him a mark. To make it look real –– like he really did get his ass beat. After I did that, I fake kicked him. I don’t know what he was doing. I wasn’t paying attention.
Olabinjo: That’s where I came around with the bleach. The infamous bleach in the hot sauce bottle, poured it on his shirt. Then I finally put the rope around his face. I did not put it around his neck. I just placed it on his face and that’s when we took off.
The media has been rather silent when it comes to the latest interview from the Osundairo brothers. But, this should come as no surprise as many in the media buried the actor’s hoax trial and conviction, which was documented by the Media Research Center back in December of 2021.
The handling of the Smollett hate hoax was just another black eye for the media, which is probably why many wanted to avoid the latest revelations on the Smollett case all together.