Despite previous reports Abel and Ola Osundairo, the two brothers at the center of the Jussie Smollett hoax-hate crime drama, were unwilling to testify against him in the forthcoming case stemming from charges related to the incident, they’ve since walked back the announcement.
Late Wednesday (June 24), the Osundairo brothers announced they were no longer to assist investigators after the Chicago Police Department claimed they couldn’t locate the evidential belongings seized during a 2019 raid.
However, under the advisement of their lawyer (Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez), they changed their mind since those belongings have been located.
Releasing a statement on their behalf, Rodriguez said:
“Due to the intervention of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb and his team, earlier today we were informed that a properly registered 9mm handgun that was missing from a locked safe seized by the Chicago Police Department on February 14, 2019, has been located,” Schmidt Rodriguez’s statement reads. “The missing gun was a reason for Abel and Ola’s decision to cease voluntary cooperation, in addition to the unnecessary complication brought to this situation by CPD’s Corporate Counsel in treating them like suspects. Abel and Ola will recommence their cooperation in the Smollett case now that the handgun has been produced by the Special Prosecutor’s office.” [source]
The change of heart comes as the latest blow to Smollett’s case. In addition to seeing his malicious prosecution countersuit dismissed (click here to read more), he later learned he was not protected under ‘double jeopardy’ laws since his first set of dismissed charges were never tried in court.