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Jussie Smollett's case has now taken another twist. The Chicago police superintendent claimed that Jussie paid a $3,500 check to his alleged accomplices Abel and Ola Osundairo to stage the attack. Now, there's evidence that the check was simply payment to help the Empire actor get in shape.

The memo line reads "5 week Nutrition/Workout program Don't Go," according to documents obtained by TMZ. The check was written to Abel Osundairo on Jan. 23, six days before the attack. Sources say that there are several text messages between Smollett and Abel to prepare the entertainer for the video to his song "Don't Go."

This is also not the first time Smollett has tapped Abel for training sessions. The documents include screenshots of Osundairo and Smollett's Venmo interactions detailing at least one time where Jussie paid Abel $100 for a session in September 2018.

The brothers also told a grand jury that the money they received was for the workout/nutrition plan. While the evidence doesn't completely exonerate Jussie of allegedly fabricating his attack, it does cast additional doubt over the CPD's claims. Federal law enforcement have also stated that they have not confirmed who sent Jussie that hate letter after Chicago police said he sent it to himself.
https://www.complex.com/pop-culture/2019/02/jussie-smollett-3500-check-alleged-fake-attackers-reportedly-training?utm_campaign=complexmag&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social
Though for some reason the only places reporting on this are basically entertainment magazines and the like
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    Interesting, however by the same token Jussie probably would not write down “Money for the attack” on the check.

    Also something to note is that the two brothers flew to Nigeria just hours after the attack and waited there for a few weeks. Clearly they had no plans of being in the country for the weeks following the planned attack even though Jussie allegedly paid them for training sessions for those weeks.

    As for the FBI, most likely it is like the Chicago Police Department in which they kept denying everything publicly until they were prepared to release a statement. We know for a fact they took magazines and stamps from the apartment complex, so they clearly believe those could have been used in the letter.
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      Chicago police are saying there’s a lot more evidence and that the brothers say the check was for the fake attack. Has Smollett paid the brothers for work out help before?

      https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/chicago-police-theres-more-evidence-jussie-smollett-staged-hate-crime
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        Update:

        https://abc7chicago.com/jussie-smollett-indicted-on-16-felony-counts-by-grand-jury/5177586/

        16 total charges of disorderly conduct. Doesn’t include any charges the feds may file if they decide Smollett was involved in mailing that letter.
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          I wonder if the amount of charges will be enough for a change of venue request, clearly the people of Chicago are mad that he put the city through this. So unless his lawyer tries to successfully plead down and they go to trial I wonder if he will try to get it moved.
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            Them Americans... From my point of view they are clearly insane. Not all of them naturally. But yeah...
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            Them Americans... From my point of view they are clearly insane. Not all of them naturally. But yeah...
            you mind adding something else to conversation other than making the generalization of "yeah Americans are psyduckin' nuts Finland da bess"
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            Kinda odd that the folks who argue loudest about the Smollett case are so quiet about THIS one:

            https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/allies-flee-trump-loving-jacob-wohl-attempt-bring-ilhan-omar-backfires-spectacularly/?comments=disqus
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              Kinda odd that the folks who argue loudest about the Smollett case are so quiet about THIS one:

              https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/allies-flee-trump-loving-jacob-wohl-attempt-bring-ilhan-omar-backfires-spectacularly/?comments=disqus
              Let’s see.
              1st. Never heard of the guy or this supposed “threat” so it didn’t make national news.
              2nd. This is still the thread about the Smollett case so maybe make a different thread?
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