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Nigerian Brothers Released by Cops in Smollett Case 'Not Racist, Homophobic, or Pro-Trump'

Jussie Smollett (by: zz/Dennis Van Tine/STAR MAX/IPx via AP)

Ola and Abel Osundairo. the two brothers from Nigeria who were arrested and detained by police in connection with the Jussie Smollett “hate crime” incident, are not “racist, homophobic, or pro-Trump,” according to TMZ.

We’ve spoken with “Empire” cast and crew, and they say Ola and Abel Osundairo do not fit the profile of racists and homophobes — not even close. As we reported, both men have been extras on “Empire” for years and both are friendly with Jussie, and Abel is especially close to him. We’re told Jussie would frequently approach the brothers on set and chat about health and fitness.

Our Empire sources say Abel especially is an ally of the LGBTQ community, and neither have ever said anything positive about Trump. They’re both big Obama fans.

We’re told Abel worked as an “Empire” extra as recently as a month ago. They’re considered family on the set … well-known and well-liked by cast and crew.

The folks we’ve spoken with say they find it impossible to believe Ola and Abel have the DNA of criminals who would carry out the acts that Jussie describes — and obviously cops now believe that as well.

What do the cops believe? That’s very difficult to say given how close to the vest the Chicago Police Department is playing this investigation. A small hint was dropped this morning when the police issued another statement. ABC7 is reporting that the police have confirmed that the two brothers were the people seen on the surveillance video that police released a few days after the alleged attack and that interviews conducted by investigators with the brothers before they were released without charges uncovered new evidence that police are currently pursuing.

A police source told ABC7, “Yes, they are confirmed to be the men on the scene by surveillance video. The reason why they were there is now central to the investigation and we can’t get into that at this time.”

Smollett told Good Morning America on Thursday, before the brothers were arrested and released, that the men in the surveillance video were his attackers without “any doubt”:

Prior to the police identifying and interviewing the two persons of interest, Smollett said he believes the two men in the photo released by police in the days after the attack are the perpetrators.

“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them,” Smollett said. “Never did.”

How about now, Jussie?

“The reason why they were there” becoming central to the investigation is significant. But caution should be used to figure out why. If they were part of a hoax perpetrated by Smollett, you would think police would charge them as accessories — unless they made a deal with the cops to squeal on Smollett in exchange for their freedom.

Meanwhile, the police superintendent — dubbed Eddie “Special Ed” Johnson by some Chicago cops — continues to insist that Smollett is a victim:

But the most useless superintendent in history continues the charade:
  • Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted ABC7 to say they are continuing to treat Smollett as a victim and the investigation remains ongoing.
Just when you thought Special Ed couldn’t sink any lower, he finds a shovel in the basement of the ManHole and starts to dig.
In truth, that’s being a little hard on the guy. Racial tensions in the city of Chicago are sky-high and any hint that the cops are treating this story as a hoax would embarrass some very important black activists and politicians who have been pushing the “hate crime” narrative for two weeks. Rather than question Smollett’s honesty, they would just as soon finger the Chicago police as racists.
I’m sure the cops would love Smollett to confess rather than have to “prove” he filed a false police report. That would make things easier on the police, and on the politicians and activists. But Smollett has a huge investment in this narrative. It could be a career-ender for him if he admits to a hoax. So he will likely stand by his story no matter what, trusting that his allies in the black community and the media will support him.