Jussie Smollett‘s trial for allegedly falsifying a racist, homophobic attack in Chicago began at the outset of this week. Two brothers came forward alleging that the actor paid them to stage the attack. He faces six counts of disorderly conduct.

On Wednesday, December 1, one of the brothers spoke in court about his history with the “Empire” star. Abel Osundairo said that he was very good friends with Smollett. He described the attack, which he said involved Smollett paying the brothers to “fake beat him up.” CBS News reported on the proceedings.

“I believe he said there was going to be a camera to capture the fake attack.

I agreed to do it, most importantly, because I felt indebted to Jussie. He also got me a stand-in role on ‘Empire,’ and I believed he could further my acting career.”

Earlier, the detective that Smollett was accused of lying to about the incident took the stand. Kimberly Murray said that Smollett suffered minor injuries. He refused to turn over his cell phone at the scene after he said he’d received a threatening call just before the phony attack.

Smollett’s defense team has argued that he was the victim of a legitimate attack. They said that police made a rush to judgment when they accused Jussie of lying. It is unknown if Jussie Smollett will take the stand on his own behalf in the trial.

What do you think is the truth about the alleged Jussie Smollett attack? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a new contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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