Jussie Smollett Rehearsed The Attack With "Empire" Extras (REPORT)

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LOS ANGELES - MAR 11: Jussie Smollett at the PaleyFest Los Angeles - Empire at the Dolby Theater on March 11, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA - Image (Kathy Hutchins /

Jussie Smollett reportedly rehearsed the attack with "Empire" extras and paid them $3,500.

Two Nigerian brothers were reportedly arrested in the Jussie Smollett hate crime case and later released without charges. Now reports are claiming they were not only hired by Smollett to stage the attack, but they are also believed to have practiced the incident with the "Empire" actor beforehand. Smollett reportedly paid Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, the bodybuilding brothers,  $3,500 before they left for Nigeria on January 29th, the day of the attack. Another $500 was promised to them once the returned to the United States, according to CBS Chicago sources. According to CBS Chicago, the Osundairo brothers told the police the staged attack was scheduled before January 29 and they had practiced the days before it finally took place. Smollett is said to have paid for the rope they used int he attack. One brother allegedly held the rope around Smollett's neck and poured bleach over him during the attack, while the other wore the MAGA hat and shouted racist and homophobic slurs. Smollett has denied any involvement in the attack.

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