Now Federal Investigators Are Checking Whether Jussie Smollett Also Sent a Threatening Letter to Himself


In the latest development of the Jussie Smollett investigation, the FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to himself at “Empire’s” Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack, according to federal officials. Investigation of the Smollett case has gradually caused attention to point toward Smollett, who police would like to question again.

The threatening letter, which was sent January 22, 2019 is in an FBI crime lab for analysis, according to a federal source.

Monday night February 18, 2019, news circulated that Nigerian brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo claimed they helped Smollett concoct the alleged assault when Smollett became upset after he received a letter threatening him, and that the letter addressed to the “Empire” show’s studio, did not get enough attention. Police had detained the Osundairo brothers Thursday February 13, 2019; but did not confirm there was any hoax.

The Osundairo brothers admitted to investigators that Smollett paid them to participate in a staged January 29, 2019 attack, laced with racial and homophobic slurs. Smollett said that hateful attack occurred near his Chicago apartment, that rope was used as a noose, and that a chemical — possibly bleach — was used in the attack.

After the attack, Smollett walked home with a rope around his neck while talking to his music manager on his cell phone, which investigators found suspicious. Suspicion also was raised when it was learned that Smollett knew his alleged attackers.

Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo agreed to cooperate with authorities looking forward when detectives revealed they had evidence that the brothers bought the rope, allegedly used in the attack.

The brothers were released by police, and no one has been charged in connection with the case. After their release, Chicago police announced the trajectory of the investigation had changed.



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