The two brothers at the center of the Jussie Smollett investigation told police that the Empire actor helped create the threatening letter he received at his studio, a week before the alleged attack, according to reports.
The Chicago Police Department say that Smollett hired the two men, Ola and Abel Osundairo, as part of the staged attack after the letter that he received on the set of Empire did not get a ‘bigger reaction,’ according to WBBM-TV.
On January 22, Smollett received an envelope containing a letter and white powder.
The stamped letter was addressed to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, where the popular Fox drama Empire is filmed.
When the white powder was discovered, HAZMAT crews were called to the scene, but the substance was later determined to be crushed aspirin, police sources told WBBM-TV.
The letter was scrawled with the words ‘You will die black f*g’, spelled out in cut and pasted magazine letters, and MAGA which was written in red pen.
There was also a stick figure drawing of a man with a gun pointed at his head.