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Crime Police tracked alleged Jussie Smollett co-conspirators through Uber receipt the night of the attack, detective testifies

23:06  30 november  2021
23:06  30 november  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

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The two brothers allegedly hired to attack actor Jussie Smollett covered their tracks almost perfectly, according to police. Then one of them ordered an Uber through his own account.

Testifying during the second day of the Smollett’s hate hoax trial, Chicago Police Detective Michael Theis said the ride-share receipt ended up being a huge break in the investigation as officers struggled to identify the men who allegedly threw a noose around his neck, beat him and yelled racist and homophobic slurs, as well as pro-Trump rhetoric, while he was walking to get a sandwich in Chicago in January 2019.

“This was horrible. I mean the crime was a hate crime, but a horrible hate crime. There was a noose, there was bleach,” Theis said on the stand Tuesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. “It was local news, it was national news, international news. Everyone wanted to know what happened, from the mayor on down.”

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Investigators combed through thousands of hours of surveillance footage from the dark alley where the attack took place before they finally spotted two men, one wearing a red hat, walking away from the scene. The men walked nearly a mile and paid cash for a cab, leaving no trace.

“That told us they were trying to hide their movements,” Theis testified.

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Actor Jussie Smollett returned Tuesday for day two of his trial in Chicago. © Charles Rex Arbogast Actor Jussie Smollett returned Tuesday for day two of his trial in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett returned Tuesday for day two of his trial in Chicago. (Charles Rex Arbogast/)

But then Olabinjo Osundairo ordered an Uber.

Osundairo and his brother, Abimbola, were eventually arrested, but not charged, for their involvement in the hate crime. That’s when they told police that Smollett, who they knew from working on “Empire,” had paid them $3,500 to stage the crime.

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More surveillance footage gathered from the area shows what appears to be trial runs for the attack, Theis said Tuesday.

Smollett, the 39-year-old actor best known for playing musician Jamal Lyon on Fox’s “Empire,” has been charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly staging the attack, but has denied any wrongdoing.

It’s unclear if he plans to testify on his own behalf during the trial.

Before Tuesday’s proceedings began, Smollett’s brother, Jojo, spoke out in support of the actor from the lobby of the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

“We’re confident in his legal team, and we look forward to people hearing the actual facts of this case,” he told reporters, according to the Tribune. “We love him. We’re here to support him, all of us, and to lift him up.”

Smollett’s sister, actress Jurnee, was by his side Monday when he arrived at the courthouse.

CNN Faces Calls to Fire Don Lemon Over Jussie Smollett's Court Testimony .
Jussie Smollett has testified that CNN anchor Don Lemon warned him that police didn't believe his account of an alleged racist and homophobic attack. © E. JASON WAMBSGANS/AFP via Getty Images;/Michael Loccisano/WireImage CNN anchor Don Lemon (R) is facing scrutiny after Jussie Smollett (L) testified on Monday that the newsman sent him a text message to warn him that police did not believe his account of having been racially attacked back in 2019.

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