The bodybuilding brothers who Jussie Smollett reportedly paid to stage a racist and homophobic attack on him both declared bankruptcy two years ago.
Newly unearthed court documents show budding model-actors Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo both filed for bankruptcy in Illinois in September 2016 — with each declaring large students loans and very little income at the time.
Abimbola reported $161,481 in debt, including $85,475 in student loans, while only making $160 a month — while his brother claimed he had $72,771 in liabilities, including $39,114 in student loans, and made just $142 a month.
Both reported being part-owners of a party supply store, but said it was operating at a loss.
The brothers were arrested Wednesday after Smollett reported being assaulted by two men shouting racist and homophobic slurs at him on Jan. 29 — but were released Friday without charges.
CBS Chicago is now reporting that sources say the “Empire” star allegedly paid the pair $3,500 to stage the assault — with another $500 promised to come — and even rehearsed the melee with them beforehand.
Smollett also allegedly paid for a rope used in the attack.
The 36-year-old actor denies having any role in setting up the assault.
“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity,” Smollett’s attorneys said in a statement Saturday.
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