RECORDS: POLICE PAID FOR HOTEL FOR BROTHERS IN SMOLLETT CASE
CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police provided a six-night hotel stay with separate rooms and 24-hour security to two brothers who said they were paid by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (smoh-LET’) to stage a racist, anti-gay attack on him. Investigative reports released yesterday say the hotel rooms were part of an effort to avoid the media last month as detectives investigated Smollett’s report that he was assaulted in January by a pair of men in downtown Chicago. The heavily redacted reports blacked out the names of Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo, but the context makes it clear that the brothers were put up from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21 at the Chicago South Loop Hotel near the city’s McCormick Place convention center. Police paid for the hotel and the security, as well as food and incidentals.
LAWMAKER SEEKS ANSWERS ABOUT SMOLLETT CASE
CHICAGO (AP) – A conservative Illinois state lawmaker wants the state attorney general to review the circumstances under which criminal charges were dismissed against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett (smoh-LET’). State Rep. David McSweeney, a Republican from the Chicago suburb of Barrington Hills, filed a resolution Wednesday asking Democratic Attorney General Kwame Raoul (KWAH’-may RAW’-ool) to “conduct a full, prompt, and comprehensive examination” of the case. Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday abruptly dismissed all of the charges but still claim that Smollett lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29. A spokeswoman for Raoul didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment. Smollett has maintained that he’s innocent.
OLBERMANN: MAKE HUNTER’S LIFE ‘HELL’ FOR RARE TURKEY SHOOT
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi hunter who shot a rare white turkey says he’s been verbally attacked after TV personality Keith Olbermann called on his Twitter followers to make the hunter’s life a “living hell.” The Clarion-Ledger wrote a story Monday about how Hunter Waltman of Kiln, Mississippi, bagged the rare bird, which is not illegal to hunt. On Tuesday, Olbermann tweeted the story, identified Waltman by name, and called him a “pea-brained scumbag.” A nationally known sports and political commentator, Olbermann also said the “nitwit clown” who wrote the story should be fired. Waltman tells the newspaper he’s received verbal attacks because of Olbermann’s tweet. But he also tells the Sun-Herald newspaper that he doesn’t let the negative comments get to him. Clarion-Ledger executive editor Sam R. Hall issued a statement calling Olbermann’s tweet “recklessly irresponsible.”