Jussie Smollett was allegedly already “more than friends” with alleged attacker Ambimbola “Abel” Osundairo, according to a new report from Page Six on Tuesday (April 14).
The 37-year-old Empire star reportedly visited an upscale Chicago bathhouse and had a “sexual relationship” with Abel.
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“They used to party together and he had a sexual relationship with [Abel]. They went to this affluent Chicago bathhouse multiple times and they had to show ID. It’s known as a bathhouse where a lot of affluent black gay men hang out. There should be a record [of their visits],” an insider told the publication, adding that the bathhouse records could be subpoenaed amid the ongoing investigation into his alleged falsifying of a hate crime, to which he’s pleaded not guilty.
Abel and his brother, Ola, have denied that they are gay and sued Jussie‘s lawyers for defamation after alleging there was a sexual relationship, claiming that comments put their family at risk due to their Nigerian background, where the country’s laws make homosexuality punishable by prison or even death.
“We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life. These lies are destroying our character and our reputation in our personal and professional lives,” their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, said in a statement the time.
Find out more about the latest in the alleged staged attack case.