Monday, February 18, 2019
CBS) "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show's studio didn't get a "bigger reaction," is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation. "When the letter didn't get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack," a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.
The blockbuster revelation into at least part of Smollett's potential motive comes two days after CBS reported Smollett and two brothers -- Ola and Abel Osundairo -- staged the attack on Jan. 29 in Streeterville. Smollett received a letter containing a white powder Jan. 22, mailed to Chicago's Cinespace Studios, where the show "Empire" is filmed. The note was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines to form words. A magazine is one of the pieces of evidence retrieved from the brother's home last week during a search conducted by CPD.
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