CHICAGO (CBS) – The two brothers who are at the center of the Jussie Smollett case were captured on a capitalization camera before the alleged attack of the actor 'Empire', according to sources close to the investigation.
Ola and Abel Osundairo – who, according to sources, worked with Smollett to stage the Jan. 29 attack on Streeterville – went to the site of the attack on North Water Street.
The brothers arrived before Smollett and were seen sitting on a bench as time passed. According to sources, the brothers appeared nervous during the video sharing trip. A passing car made the brothers think about the plan, sources said.
Shortly after, Smollett appeared.
Sources also indicated that the brothers were planning to withdraw from the plan.
Police are investigating an incident in which a witness reportedly saw the three men in the elevator at Smollett's apartment the night of the incident reported. Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed Tuesday that the trio had also been seen in a Smollett apartment elevator.
Smollett claims that two men attacked him in Streeterville early January 29 while he was heading to his apartment. He said that they had shouted racial and homophobic slurs, poured a chemical product on him and put a rope around his neck.
According to sources, at least one of the brothers would have bought the rope used during the incident at Smollett's request. The sources also said that the actor "Empire" had paid for the rope, which had been purchased at the Crafty Beaver hardware store in the Ravenswood neighborhood on the weekend of Jan. 25.
According to sources, one of the brothers held the rope and poured bleach while the other wore a plain red hat and shouted insults to Smollett.
The sources said that the red hat had been purchased from a Uptown beauty shop and that the attack was supposed to take place before January 29. The brothers told detectives that the three men had repeated the attack several days before the event. Smollett paid the brothers $ 3,500.