2 brothers threaten to stop cooperating in Smollett case
CHICAGO Two brothers who have said they helped actor Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago last year no longer intend to cooperate with authorities, according to their attorney. But one legal expert said even if Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo stop cooperating it won't hurt the case because prosecutors can present at trial the brothers' previous testimony before a grand jury. (The brothers) were, like Gloria, weve had it, weve been so patient, their attorney, Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez told the Chicago Tribune after writing a letter to the police department's attorney. Smollett, who allegedly paid the brothers $3,500 to help him stage the attack, was charged with lying to police before the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announced it was dropping the charges. A judge subsequently ordered a special prosecutor to investigate, and the special prosecutor later secured another indictment against Smollett.