(AllHipHop News) There is now a potential motive for why Jussie Smollett may have paid two men to orchestrate an assault against him on January 29. A local news outlet is claiming that sources have revealed a key piece of information connected to the case.
One week before the alleged attack, a letter containing a white powder was sent to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, the location where Smollett's show Empire is filmed. A source told CBS 2, “When the letter didn’t get enough attention, [Smollett] concocted the staged attack."
The "racist" and "homophobic" words on the note were created with letters cut out of magazines. Investigators allegedly retrieved a magazine, a book of stamps, and a “piece of paper/writing” from the home of Ola and Abel Osundairo. Smollett is suspected of paying the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to fake the attack.
After examination, the substance mailed with the letter turned out to be aspirin. The FBI is investigating the matter since it is considered a federal offense.
“We are not going to respond to every new, anonymous accusation or rumor. Jussie Smollett’s lawyers are in contact with the Chicago Police Department. Jussie will continue to cooperate with the investigation in an appropriate and respectful manner that does not include talking to media at this time," the actor's legal team told CBS 2.
On January 27, Smollett tweeted, "Frauds are everywhere y’all. Protect the mind, heart and spirit of you and your people at all costs. Just remember... Salt, cocaine and anthrax can all appear to be sugar...(the 'refined' kind of course) just be careful out here fam. Happy Sunday. Love you. Real talk. Love on."