The two Nigerian-born brothers, who were hired by Jussie Smollett to stage a fake hate crime attack, have spoken out to expose the disgraced actor and his scheme.
Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo describe Smollett as a “crazy fraudster” who is “lying through his teeth.”
A jury in Chicago found Smollett guilty on five of six counts of felony disorderly conduct in December 2021.
Jurors concluded that the former “Empire” actor had staged a fake hate crime against himself, then lied to police about it.
The court heard that Smollett wanted to blame President Donald Trump and his supporters for the “attack” to gain national media attention and further his own career.
Despite Smollett being convicted and sentenced to 150 days in jail, he was released in just a few days, thanks to his friends in high places.
Instrumental in the scheme were the Osundairo brothers.
Smollett paid them to dress as Trump supporters and place a noose around his neck, rough him up, and shout racial and homophobic slurs in view of a street camera.
The brothers were aspiring actors whom Smollett knew from the Chicago set of “Empire” and from the gym.
They recently broke their silence and spoke candidly to Fox Nation about their dealings with Smollett in a new special entitled “Jussie Smollett: Anatomy of a Hoax.”
The Osundairo brothers denounced Smollett in the interview as a “crazy fraudster” who sought to deceive the people of Chicago and the broader American public in order to advance his career and status as a “poster boy for activism.”
“I thought he was a good actor, but I also was thinking that this guy’s a fraud,” said Abimbola.
“This guy is really sitting here just lying to these people, lying through his teeth and not caring.
“I think he shed a tear. …
“This dude crazy, man. He shed a tear, man. This dude wild.”
Smollett’s apparent indifference to the possible incrimination of two innocent supporters of then-President Donald Trump as a result of his hoax did not stagger the brothers so much as the actor’s commitment to the deception after the fact.
In February 2019, during his first interview after staging the hate hoax, Smollett tearfully told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he was “attacked” for criticizing Trump.
“I will never be the man that this did not happen to,” he claimed.
“I am forever changed. … And I don’t subscribe to the idea that everything happens for a reason, but I do subscribe to the idea that we have the right and the responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad.”
.@JussieSmollett to @RobinRoberts on attack: "I will never be the man that this did not happen to. I am forever changed…I do subscribe to the idea that we have the right & responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us." https://t.co/3HbyU2SFxe pic.twitter.com/QPeSISqOXf
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 14, 2019
Smollett lashed out at those who questioned his story, saying, “It’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth.
“You don’t even want to see the truth. …
“I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate.
“And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more.”
The Osundairo brothers told Fox Nation that Smollett’s serial lying was “insane.”
“That’s when I really saw a different side of Jussie.
“Like, dude, really? This is when I knew that this dude was like a supervillain.”
Despite Smollett’s rhetoric about racial justice, the brothers noted that he prioritized his lie over their well-being, having hanged them out to dry and refused to accept any accountability for what happened.
“I did feel betrayed by Jussie and what he had done,” said Abimbola.
“I didn’t know what to do.
“I wasn’t ready to say anything. Like, I was mute.”
After helping Smollett craft the hoax, the Osundairo brothers told Fox Nation they flew to Nigeria, where they contemplated whether they had done a good job.
When pressed on whether they played “believable white supremacists,” Abimbola laughed, saying, “One hundred percent! Look at me.”
While Abimbola quipped about his performance, it was evidently good enough to convince Vice President Kamala Harris:
.@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery.
This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 29, 2019
Harris was just one of many of the nation’s most powerful Democrats who unquestioningly accepted that the hoax was true as it aligned with their anti-Trump narrative.
However, they did not ultimately fool law enforcement officials, who were waiting for the brothers upon their return to the United States.
“When I was getting off the plane, the customs agent was checking everyone’s passport, and when they got to me, they pulled me aside,” said Abimbola.
“Two big-a** police officers came up – I was like damn, it’s over with. They got me.”
Forty-seven hours after being detained, the brothers opened up to the police.
They noted that Jussie’s motive, while not made explicit during their conversations, was undoubtedly about increasing “his star level.”
“He wanted to be the poster child for activism,” said Olabinjo.
Abimbola added, “He wanted to be the hero for gay people, for black people.”
Judge James B. Linn speculated about Smollett’s motivations before issuing his sentence, saying, “You wanted to make yourself more famous” through the elaborate, “premeditated” caper and then “you threw a national pity party for yourself.”
As for their own motives, the brothers indicated they had hoped Smollett “could probably help us out with our careers.”
The Osundairo brothers reconstructed Smollett’s hate hoax for Fox Nation.
The Osundairo brothers were hired men for a con created to dupe America. They share what they were instructed to do the night of the staged attack on Jussie Smollett. https://t.co/jvWwGloz8k #FoxNation #JussieSmollett #AnatomyOfAHoax pic.twitter.com/3uOEHLFSoN
— Fox Nation (@foxnation) March 13, 2023