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Jussie Smollett Could Still Be Charged Over Allegedly Staged Attack

By Samuel Allegri

Speculation about charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett being reinstated has stepped up after the Osundario brothers met with a special prosecutor working on the case.

The Osundairo brothers previously said that Smollett hired them to attack him while he was in Chicago one morning.

This image provided by the Chicago Police Department and taken from surveillance video shows two people of interest in an attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett walking along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, early Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. The pair was later identified as Abel and Ola Osundairo. (Courtesy of Chicago Police Department via AP)

Sources familiar to the case told TMZ this weekend that Abel and Ola Osundairo met with Special Prosecutor Dan Webb, who has been assigned to look into the deal that enabled Smollett to be set free by paying $10,000 and getting 16 hours of community service.

The alleged source said that the special prosecutor wanted to hear the full story from the brothers.

TMZ obtained a video that allegedly shows the Osundairo brothers arriving at the meeting at the special prosecutor’s office, accompanied by Gloria Schmidt, their attorney, they each spent a couple of hours with Webb’s team.

Smollett Compared on Social Media to Schoolgirl Who Made False Claim

Actor Jussie Smollett lashed out at a post on social media that compared him to a schoolgirl who claimed she was held to the ground by 3 white boys and had her dreadlocks cut off.

Self-help star Derrick Jackson posted a comment that compared Smollett to Amari Allen, the schoolgirl who made the claim but then took them back, reported DailyMail.

Jackson wrote below an image of the schoolgirl “Jussie really is a trendsetter.”

Amari Allen
Twelve-year-old African-American girl, Amari Allen. (CNN)

To which Smollett posted a lengthy comment defending himself and calling people who didn’t believe his story “misinformed” and “internalized sheep.”

About an hour after Jackson’s post, Smollett replied writing, “With all due respect brother, y’all can clown me all you want but my story has actually never changed and I haven’t lied about a thing. Y’all can continue to be misinformed, internalized sheep, who believe what actual proven liars feed you or you can read the actual docs. Either way, Imma be alright. I know me and what happened. You don’t. So carry on. All love.”

Jussie Smollett
Actor Jussie Smollett after his court appearance at Leighton Courthouse in Chicago, Ill. on March 26, 2019. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

Epoch Times reporter Zachary Steiber contributed to this report.