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Jussie Smollett’s Fake Attacker was Allegedly in a Romantic Relationship with the ‘Empire’ Star

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The more we find out about the Jussie Smollett case, the more sense everything starts to make. For example, it was never really clear why a few extras from Empire would help him with his alleged scheme. Sure he paid them but it seemed like they had to leave the country afterwards and I don’t think he gave them as much money as they made on the show. And his alleged plan was really, really stupid.

Page Six reports, however, that Smollett’s confederates may have helped him for the purest reason for all: love.

“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 Page Six, adding that the bathhouse records may be subpoenaed in Smollett’s upcoming trial on charges of disorderly conduct.

It should be noted that Abel denies that he had a sexual or romantic relationship with Smollett, but he also lives in a country where being gay is illegal.

Abel and his brother, Ola, have denied they are gay and sued Smollett’s Hollywood lawyers, Tina Glandian and Mark Geragos, last year for defamation after they insinuated there was a sexual relationship between Smollett and one of the brothers in an interview with “Good Morning America.”

The suit claimed the comments put the brothers and their family, who are Nigerian, at risk due to the country’s inhumane laws that state homosexuality is punishable by up to 14 years in prison and death by stoning if the person is married.

Yeah, I wouldn’t want to get stoned to death for Jussie Smollett either. But I also wouldn’t go along with someone’s 80s sitcom plot plan to raise their profile by faking a hate crime, either, so what do I know?

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