Jussie Smollett Testifies He Did Hard Drugs, Went Clubbing And To Bathhouse With Accused Attacker
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 24: Flanked by attorneys and supporters, actor Jussie Smollett arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on February 24, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett took the stand in his own defense trial Monday, providing lurid details to the jury regarding how he became acquainted with his accused attackers.

Brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo were accused by Smollett of attacking him on a January 2019 night as part of an alleged hate crime. Smollett originally said the brothers targeted the celebrity because he was gay and black. Smollett has maintained he was attacked by the two African brothers walking home from the sandwich shop Subway, where they assaulted him and hung a noose around his neck chanting, “This is MAGA country.”

Following a police report, Chicago authorities suspected that Smollett staged the entire ordeal as part of a hate crime hoax. As a result, Smollett is now being charged with felony disorderly conduct and filing a false police report.

Fox News National correspondent Matt Finn reported Monday that Smollett took the stand in his own case.

As to how he met the Osundairo brothers, Smollett testified that the “first night he met Bola Osundairo they did weed and cocaine together then went to a club. Then went to a bath house together.”

Once at the bath house, Osundairo and Smollett did “more drugs” and “made out,” Smollett said.

Smollett also testified that he paid Osundairo $200 for the cocaine.

According to Chicago courthouse reporter Dave Byrnes,  Smollett’s testimony contradicted Abimbola Osundairo’s claim that he never had any sexual contact with Smollett. Smollett also stated that “he did cocaine and weed with Abimbola numerous times after this initial meeting. ‘I liked it. It got me away from everything else, so to speak,'” Smollett said according to Byrnes.

Byrnes says that the gay black actor also said, “There was a lot of pressure to represent … This was the time when everything had to be perfect,” regarding his career.

While Smollett seemingly enjoyed his time with Abimbola, the Empire star was “creeped out” by his older brother Olabinjo.  “[Olabinjo] took the vibe out of the room,” Smollett said. On one occasion, Smollett says that he and Abimbola ditched the older brother to go back to the bathhouse and engage in sexual acts together.

Smollett also stated that he believed Olabinjo to be violently homophobic. But, shortly into questioning about the brothers and a check that Smollett wrote the pair, the judge presiding over the case called for lunch break:

This is a developing news story; stay tuned for updates.

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