Two pieces of Jussie Smollett evidence revealed in closing arguments

The two remaining pieces of evidence in the Jussie Smollett case against two men were revealed in closing arguments in Chicago on Wednesday. The two men, Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, reportedly…

Two pieces of Jussie Smollett evidence revealed in closing arguments

The two remaining pieces of evidence in the Jussie Smollett case against two men were revealed in closing arguments in Chicago on Wednesday. The two men, Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, reportedly handed over $3,500 to be paid for their story of being paid by Smollett to orchestrate an attack on him. Their testimony allowed both sides to make their closing arguments on Wednesday after police and prosecutors rested their case against Smollett on Monday.

Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney Victor Henderson set the stage for their closing argument, saying: “Jussie Smollett and his attorneys knew that if the defendant did not make a deal with the prosecutors or reach a plea deal, he was going to have to testify.” According to Henderson, Smollett was nothing more than a “prostitute” or “money-grubbing ingrate.” He said that Smollett knew what he was doing with the “attack” on Jan. 29, calling it “scheme” and an “incredible fraud.” “Who knows how it will end,” Henderson said. “But no one will be more hurt than the victims, [Abel and Olabinjo Osundairo] will have been played by one of the most talented men who has touched our society and still today remains free.”

Smollett’s attorney, Mark Geragos, rejected these claims. “I’m telling you there’s no way this was his idea,” Geragos said. “Is there anyone out there who denies that [Smollett] loves this city? Of course he loves this city.” Geragos, though, said that Smollett, though he “acted foolishly,” was not a liar. He said that after the “shame and embarrassment,” Smollett then turned to a former associate of his, Wesley Morris, for help. Geragos said he thought, “I didn’t mess up,” adding that Morris didn’t either.

The defense also stressed that it was Morris who negotiated the $3,500 agreement with the two men. The closing argument concluded with Smollett.

On Thursday, the jury will hear from two experts on electrical wires — one testifying on behalf of Smollett and one testifying on behalf of the Osundairo brothers. They will also hear from two other defense witnesses, including a speech coach. Thursday will conclude with closing arguments before the closing arguments from the prosecution, which are then followed by the jurors deliberating.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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