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US-based Nigerian Abimbola Osundairo says Jussie Smollet groomed him

"I can 100% say that it was grooming and that he was trying to groom me for it," said Osundairo.

In 2019, Jussie Smollett claimed that he was attacked, but Osundairo states that Smollett hired him and his brother [Just Chude]

The professional boxer narrated how the plan was birthed in a new interview with media personality, Chude Jideonwo. He disclosed that, unlike the public perception of the incident, Smollett asked him and his brother to rough him up, and he had been grooming him in preparation. "I can 100% say that it was grooming and that he was trying to groom me for it," he said.

Osundairo made mention of an incident which took place at Smollet's house, in which Smollet had allegedly attempted to get him to accept the services of a male masseuse. A service Osundairo promptly refused because he suspected foul play.

"I was with in his house which has two bedrooms and he had hired a male masseuse and had paid for two of us," he began. "And I told him I'm good, cuz I know that y'all are on some other shit and y'all want to do something. So I'm not falling into that. You'd see it in the messages they leaked that I said no I don't wanna do it, sometimes people refuse to look at that. They choose to believe that something had happened between us because I was hanging out with a gay man."

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Osundairo also narrated how the assault incident came to be, stating that even though he and the actor had been friends for years, Smollett's request was still confusing.

"He was a good friend. We had been friends for 3-4 years and he trusted me and confided in me and he asked me to beat him up randomly and that was confusing. We were in his car and he says 'I want you to beat me up,' and that's something nobody ever says. We were smoking weed and I thought maybe he was high," he said to Jideonwo.

He continued: "Then he says it again and explains what he wants me to do and tells me that 'I'd need someone to help me do it.' He then asks if my brother would help and I said 'hell yeah my brother would do it.' And that's how it happened. It was not elaborately planned, so when he told us, it was on like January 26th, and we did the fake attack on the 29th, so it was quick."

Osundairo noted that the actor never told him and his brother the exact reason he wanted them to beat him up. But he made reference to a threatening letter he once received containing slurs and death threats, adding that the movie studio was not taking the threat seriously enough.

When asked why he agreed to the setup, Osundairo said: "I agreed to it because my brother and I are professional actors and boxers. So in acting, it's about who you know. So we thought rubbing shoulders with him can get us to move up in that industry. To curry favour with him."

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In 2021, a jury of six men and six women deliberated for more than nine hours after which Smollet was charged for disorderly conduct, a false crime report which is a Class 4 felony and punishable by up to three years in prison and a $25,000 fine.

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