The FBI is investigating whether actor-singer Jussie Smollet sent an ominous letter to himself at Empire’s Chicago studio before staging a hate crime against himself last month.
ABC News is reporting the FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service officials have begun probing the matter after the two Nigerian brothers associated with Smollett revealed to Chicago Police that they not only helped stage the racist and homophobic attack on Smollett but that he sent the letter himself.
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The letter is undergoing an FBI crime lab analysis.
ABC News reports:
The latest in this ever-changing story comes hours after the two brothers claimed they helped Smollett concoct the alleged assault after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent to the “Empire” show’s studio, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News on Monday.
Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo have also told investigators that Smollett paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the Jan. 29 attack that he said occurred near his Chicago apartment, sources said.
Detectives are actively investigating the account of Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, but thus far police have not independently verified the allegations, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News.
The Osundairo brothers agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope — allegedly used in an attack that Smollett described to police as laced with racial and homophobic slurs — at a Chicago hardware store, sources said.