Police seem convinced that Jussie Smollet did stage his own beating, with the help of two brothers and Empire castmates from Chicago. The brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, have given the police an invaluable set of details about every stage of the fraud.

The brothers have described how they and Jussie planned the fake attack days beforehand, how they were paid, and how they all staked out locations, with Jussie deciding it should be right outside of his own apartment.

Everything also somehow seems to be exculpatory for the brothers… Like, they didn’t actually rehearse hurting him, therefore he must have injured himself. According to them, they only purchased the rope and all that bleach because Jussie told them to.

Hypothetically speaking, if one did plot to beat up a coworker, turning it around to say that said co-worker planned it all themselves, would actually be very smart because you communicate all the time – very devious, but very smart.

For all the details the brothers seemed to have offered Chicago Police, the one thing they haven’t answered is why? Why would Jussie want to do this to himself? He’s an actor living the dream on a hit show, and he gets to perform his music before millions, regularly – It just doesn’t make sense. However, jealousy, envy, and plotting frenemies are all very well known quantities.

We’ll see where it goes from here, but for now, it doesn’t look good for Jussie Smollett.

Until the next time it drips…