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Chicago PD: Phone records show Smollett talked extensively with Osundairo brothers before, after attack

Chicago PD: Phone records show Smollett talked extensively with Osundairo brothers before, after attack

7 months, 3 weeks ago by Associate Press/Scott Hardy

Former QU students allegedly involved in staged attack on Empire actor

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson says investigators have phone records that show there were extensive communications between Empire actor Jussie Smollett and two brothers, before and after he says the former Quincy University students helped the actor stage an attack against himself last month.  

Johnson said at a news conference Thursday that the records show calls even while the brothers were in Nigeria after the staged attack early on Jan. 29. Both Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo attended QU earlier this decade, and were on the Hawk football and cross-country teams. Police say the brothers left on a trip to Nigeria right after the attack and were detained at the airport upon their return to Chicago on Feb. 13. Johnson says the phone records "clearly indicate" that Smollett and the brothers talked to each other before and after the incident, including while the two were abroad.

Bond for Smollett has been set at $100,000. He's being held on one count of felony disorderly conduct.

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