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It has been claimed in a new report that gay actor Jussie Smollett knew his ‘attackers’ and was in a ‘sexual relationship’ with one of the Nigerian brothers.
The former Empire actor is awaiting trial for allegedly paying $3,500 to the two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo to stage a racist, homophobic attack against him back in 2019. But has repeatedly maintain innocence about asking the body builders to stage the attack, saying the payment he made to them was for fitness training.
A report by Page Six now claims that Smollett was in a sexual relationship with one of his alleged attackers, Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo.
The publication reported that the two men met frequently at an upscale gay bathhouse.
“They used to party together and he had a sexual relationship with [Abel]. They went to this affluent Chicago bathhouse multiple times and they had to show ID,” a source told Page Six.
“It’s known as a bathhouse where a lot of affluent Black gay men hang out. There should be a record [of their visits].”
However, Osundairo has strongly denied that he is homosexual.
In a suit filed against Smollett’s lawyers after they insinuated there was a sexual relationship between him and Smollett, he said they put them and their family members, who are Nigerians at risk due to the country’s strict laws which punish gay sex with up to 14 years in prison.
“We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life. These lies are destroying our character and our reputation in our personal and professional lives,” their attorney read in a statement on their behalf at the time.
A judge dismissed their defamation suit last month, while Smollett’s trial continues.