Two Empire extra brothers are released WITHOUT charge after cops arrested them amid claims Jussie Smollett had staged attack
- Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo, 27, and Abimbola Osundairo had been picked up by police amid unsubstantiated claims that Smollett staged last month’s attack
- The two Nigerian men are bodybuilders who use the gym in Smollett’s luxury apartment building and are said to know the Empire star
- Police said on Friday that they are being released due to ‘new evidence’
Two men who were arrested over the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett in Chicago have been released without charge,cops announced late on Friday.
Brothers Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo, 27, and Abimbola ‘Abel’ Osundairo, 25, had been picked up by Chicago police on Wednesday night amid unsubstantiated claims from local media that Smollett had staged the attack, because he was being written off of Empire.
The two are bodybuilders who use the gym in Smollett’s luxury apartment building and are said to know the Empire star.
They were arrested on suspicion of battery but police said they are being released due to ‘new evidence’.
Brothers Abimbola Osundairo, 25, and Olabinjo Osundairo, 27, were released Friday night without having been charged after having been questioned by Chicago police amid unsubstantiated claims from local media that they may have helped Empire actor Jussie Smollett stage last month’s racist, homophobic attack
The actor, pictured, wept as he said ‘who the f*** would make that up’ when addressing the skepticism surrounding his version of events. Smollett told Good Morning America he was heartbroken that his story was being questioned
The Osundairo brothers were collared on Wednesday night at Chicago O’Hare airport, as they returned from a trip to visit family in Nigeria.
Their shared apartment was also raided by police, who took away bottles of bleach and a pair of Nike shoes.
Although the property is shared with other family members, there was no answer when DailyMail.com visited the home earlier today – although evidence of the police raid could be seen in the badly dented door.
The two men had flown to Africa the day after the January 29 attack on Smollett which took place close to his apartment building on East Water Street.
Smollett, 36, initially said the attack appeared to be racially motivated and claimed his assailants shouted ‘this is MAGA-land’ as they punched and kicked him.
He also told police he did not recognize his attackers. Cops later released a grainy video showing two men, now understood to be the Osundairo brothers, walking away from the crime scene.
Although Smollett said he did not know who attacked him, both brothers are known to the actor and he follows them on social media.
Their shared Instagram account also features a video of them working out at the private gym in Smollett’s luxury apartment block.
Both have also made cameo appearances in Empire, as well as on cop show Chicago PD. They now produce bodybuilding videos while Olabinjo also works as head of security at local bar Whiskey Business, according to his social media profiles.
Abimbola ‘Abel’ (left) and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo (right) were collared on Wednesday night at Chicago O’Hare airport, as they returned from a trip to visit family in Nigeria
Chicago PD confirmed on Thursday that the pair seen in this image from surveillance footage around the time of the attack on January 29 (above) were the two people in custody. DailyMail.com can confirm that those people are Abel and Ola Osundairo