Third Osundario Brother Speaks Out On Smollett Case

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"He's saying he's innocent and his words are true".

The Chicago Tribune reported Foxx had asked police to let the Federal Bureau of Investigation handle the case after being contacted by Tchen but later recused herself from the case because of the contacts.

Cook County prosecutors dropped charges against Smollett on Tuesday, saying they'd cut a deal with the actor to perform two days of community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond to the city of Chicago.

The story of what happened to Smollett on that chilly night on January 29 has transfixed much of the nation for almost two months.

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Smollett, 36, claimed he was attacked in January by two men who sprayed a bleach over him, put a noose around his neck, and told him "this is MAGA country, n****r" a reference to President Donald Trump's "make America great again" campaign slogan. All that culminated in the surprise hearing Tuesday that shut the door on a case that intrigued the nation with its changing story lines.

The brothers - Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, who are of Nigerian descent - told police Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him. Eddie Johnson has said he doesn't believe justice was served.

No news about Smollett's future with the show has been discussed publicly at this time. It contained racial, homophobic and political language, along with white powder and a drawing of a stick figure hanging from a tree, police said. This entire situation is a reminder that there should never be an attempt to prove a case in the court of public opinion.

Emanuel's fury, it appears, had not subsided since a press conference earlier in the day, when he railed off on Smollett's callous use of their hate crime laws for his own "self-promotion".

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Foxx had recused herself from the case prior to Smollett's being charged because of conversations she had about the incident with one of Smollett's relatives, according to her spokesman. "He did this all in the name of self-promotion.This is a whitewash of justice", Emanuel said.

According to the documents, which CBS Chicago obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request, the Osundairo brothers told police their average hourly pay rate for personal training ranges between $20 and $50.

Glandian continued, "We were ready to fight the charges and they're the ones who voluntarily discontinued this matter, so I think that speaks volumes". "None whatsoever", she said.

She said city officials are upset because they did not know the state's attorney was going to drop the case. "It started by them having a relationship with Mr. Smollett".

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But with little explanation, authorities on Tuesday abruptly dropped all charges against Smollett, abandoning the criminal case only five weeks after the allegations were filed. "I think the way that it happened so quickly, people were taken aback by; but if we look at other disorderly conduct cases, and we look at how those cases were handled by our office, this outcome was not unexpected".

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