The prosecutors who were called by Chicago Police to testify at Jussie Smollett’s trial may have broken the actor’s defense’s strategy.
Jarrett Edney, one of the prosecutors, said police were on the case before Smollett knew about the threats. He was making a case for the need for Smollett to have someone else do the investigation and call for witnesses.
Smollett said he got an email threatening him that was directed at him and Nigerian brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo. However, Edney said police did not notify the Osundairo brothers until that email became public and was made public information.
This delay made them unwilling or unable to take steps to check on the threats in a timely fashion.
Edney said the brothers also have told detectives that they may have been paid $3,500 to attack Smollett. Prosecutors asked if the brothers knew how to throw down. Edney asked if Smollett could prove that he hired someone to attack him and that person took the place of two brothers who were at his house, signed in as “Brother Abel,” and attacked him. Smollett replied he did not know.
Edney asked Smollett why he spent time and energy telling police someone was out to get him but that he did not mention to anyone that he was getting paid. Smollett responded saying that he did not think people would believe that someone was out to get him and therefore someone else would have to pay.
Smollett’s team has reportedly told CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield that if he loses this case, his career as an actor would be in jeopardy.