One of the brothers caught up in Jussie Smollett‘s alleged hoax hate crime texted the actor his good wishes the day of the purported attack.
“Bruh say it ain’t true,” Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo wrote. “I’m praying for a speedy recovery. S–t is wild.”
Osundairo’s message was sent Jan. 29, likely after news of the incident spread. The communications were among a mountain of documents and video publicly released by the Chicago Police Department.
The “Empire” star was accused of paying Osundairo and his brother Olabinjo to help stage the hate crime attack near the actor’s Chicago apartment.
Video taken in the minutes before the alleged beatdown shows the Nigerian brothers in the back of a taxi with their hoods up and tied tightly around their faces.
Smollett faced felony charges for allegedly staging the hate crime — but the charges were later dropped in a shocking move by prosecutors.
By Damilola Faustino