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Defense Argues Osundairo Brother Assaulted Jussie Smollett in Ploy to Get Hired as His Security Guard

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., March 14, 2019. (Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters)

Chicago, Ill. — The man who testified that in 2019 former Empire star Jussie Smollett conspired with him to stage a racist and anti-gay attack against the actor actually roughed Smollett up to scare him so he could land a $5,000-a-week gig as his security guard, a defense lawyer alleged Thursday.

Abimbola Osundairo also promised he wouldn’t testify against Smollett if Smollett paid him millions of dollars, lawyer Shay Allen said. Osundairo denied both allegations.

Allen, a lawyer representing Smollett, cross-examined Osundairo on Thursday morning. Osundairo is one of two brothers who prosecutors and police allege conspired with Smollett to stage a

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Ryan Mills is an enterprise and media reporter at National Review. He previously worked for 14 years as a breaking news reporter, investigative reporter, and editor at newspapers in Florida. Originally from Minnesota, Ryan lives in the Fort Myers area with his wife and two sons.

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