Jussie Smollett did a 'dry run' of his attack the day prior to the incident, 检察官说

During opening arguments 在星期一, 特别检察官丹·韦伯(Dan Webb)告诉陪审团,斯莫利特(Smollett)对发送到背后工作室的恐吓信感到不安 “帝国” 没有受到足够重视. 结果是, Webb is hoping to convince a jury that the actor hired brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo to attack him.

One potentially damning piece of evidence teased during Webb’s opening arguments was that there is surveillance video showing Smollett and the two siblings, who he worked with on “帝国,” doing a kind ofdry runof the attack in the area the day before it allegedly took place.

The prosecution will allege what the Osundairo brothers have already told investigators, that they were cut a check for $ 3,500 after the dry run and given $ 100 in cash to get supplies to stage the attack at Smollett’s behest.

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Actor Jussie Smollett arrives Tuesday, 十一月. 30, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day two of his trial in Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives Tuesday, 十一月. 30, 2021, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for day two of his trial in Chicago. (美联社照片/查尔斯·雷克斯·阿博加斯特)

与此同时, defense attorney Nenye Uche said the two brothers attacked Smollett in January 2019 because they didn’t like him, and that the check the actor paid the men was for training so he could prepare for an upcoming music video, not as payment for staging a hate crime, as prosecutors allege.

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Actor Jussie Smollett arrives with his mother Janet, for the second day of his trial.

Actor Jussie Smollett arrives with his mother Janet, for the second day of his trial. (美联社照片/查尔斯·雷克斯·阿博加斯特)

After opening arguments, the prosecution got right into showing the jury surveillance video painstakingly gathered by the Chicago Police Department that showed the Osundairo brothers walking around near Smollett on the night of the attack. Chicago police detective Michael Theis reviewed how a series of surveillance, security and doorbell camera footage was used to track the brothers’ movements on the night of the attack and ultimately identify them as the culprits.

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Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo, 对, and Abimbola Osundairo, appear outside the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, 二月. 24, 2020.

Brothers Olabinjo Osundairo, 对, and Abimbola Osundairo, appear outside the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, 二月. 24, 2020. (美联社照片/查尔斯·雷克斯·阿博加斯特, 文件)

然而, Smollett and his attorney also allege that a third attacker was involved. There is little to no evidence going into the trial to support that, but Uche seems confident that it will help prove his client’s innocence. Uche noted during his opening argument that there is not ashredof physical evidence proving Smollett faked the attack.

目前, it is Smollett’s word against the Osundairo siblings. 然而, prosecutors seem to think that the video evidence collected by the police, including the alleged dry run of the attack, will prove their case to a jury.

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