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Jussie Smollett Case: Clues Into Motive Behind The Attack CBS Chicago
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Feb 18, 2019 2:29 PM 1+ mon ago

By Charlie De Mar, Brad Edwards, Suzanne LeMignotBy Charlie De MarFebruary 18, 2019 at 10:10 pm

(CBS) -"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show's studio didn't get a "bigger reaction," is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.

"When the letter didn't get enough attention, he concocted the staged attack," a source told CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards. Other sources corroborated that information.

The blockbuster revelation into at least part of Smollett's potential motive comes two days after CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reported Smollett and two brothers -- Ola and Abel Osundairo -- staged the attack on Jan. 29 in Streeterville.

"We are not racist," they said. "We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens."

Smollett received a letter containing a white powder Jan. 22. The letter was mailed to Chicago's Cinespace ...

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