Jussie Smollett was allegedly seen on video conducting a dry run of his attack the day earlier than it came about, additional lending credence to the prosecution’s claims that he orchestrated the complete factor.
During opening arguments on Monday, particular prosecutor Dan Webb instructed the jury that Smollett was upset that a threatening hate letter that was despatched to the studio behind “Empire” wasn’t taken severely sufficient. As a end result, Webb is hoping to persuade a jury that the actor employed brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo to attack him.
One probably damning piece of proof teased throughout Webb’s opening arguments was that there’s surveillance video exhibiting Smollett and the two siblings, who he labored with on “Empire,” doing a variety of “dry run” of the attack in the space the day earlier than it allegedly came about.
The prosecution will allege what the Osundairo brothers have already instructed investigators, that they have been lower a test for $3,500 after the dry run and given $100 in money to get provides to stage the attack at Smollett’s behest.
Meanwhile, protection lawyer Nenye Uche stated the two brothers attacked Smollett in January 2019 as a result of they did not like him, and that the test the actor paid the males was for coaching so he may put together for an upcoming music video, not as cost for staging a hate crime, as prosecutors allege.
After opening arguments, the prosecution received proper into exhibiting the jury surveillance video painstakingly gathered by the Chicago Police Department that confirmed the Osundairo brothers strolling round close to Smollett on the night time of the attack. Chicago police detective Michael Theis reviewed how a sequence of surveillance, safety and doorbell digicam footage was used to observe the brothers’ actions on the night time of the attack and finally determine them as the culprits.
However, Smollett and his lawyer additionally allege that a third attacker was concerned. There is little to no proof going into the trial to assist that, however Uche appears assured that it’s going to assist show his shopper’s innocence. Uche famous throughout his opening argument that there’s not a “shred” of bodily proof proving Smollett faked the attack.
Currently, it’s Smollett’s phrase in opposition to the Osundairo siblings. However, prosecutors appear to suppose that the video proof collected by the police, together with the alleged dry run of the attack, will show their case to a jury.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.