On Wednesday Jussie Smollett ‘s trial in the alleged hoax that he hired two men to violently beat him up began. In the opening day of the trial, the court heard in shock testimony that Smollett did allegedly in fact hire the two men to violently stage an attack against him although it is unclear why someone would do such a thing.
As it turns out, Smollett in fact appears to have instructed his associates to help him stage the attack — with one admitting in court that he felt indebted to the actor.
Abimbola Osundairo, also known as “Bola,” testified that the day before the report of the alleged attack Smollett had openly admitted to associates that he was looking to stage a fake hate crime. A hate crime that would go on to spur multiple claims that he was attacked over being gay, although, like many other elements of Smollett ‘s story that too was also untrue. Both men maintain that Smollett staged the attack so he could get publicity and a career boost.
“I believed he could help further my acting career,” Osundairo testified. “He told me that we would need another person to fake beat him up. He mentioned could my brother do it. I said yes.”
Allegedly parts of the bizarre rouse began under the guise of Smollett’s claims that he could help with his acting career. A wild claim considering Smollett never acknowledged such prior to the start of the trial. Prosecutors maintain