Jussie Smollett ‘angered and devastated’ at suggestions he was involved in his attack

first_imgABC News(CHICAGO) — The two brothers who were interrogated by police investigating the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett purchased the rope that was found around the “Empire” actor’s neck, sources told ABC News Saturday.Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope — allegedly used in an attack that Smollett described to police as laced with racial and homophobic slurs — at a local hardware store, sources said.Detectives have now shifted the investigation to determining whether Smollett made up the entire story, sources said.Yet in a late night statement from his attorneys on Saturday, Smollett hit back at the suggestion that the incident was a hoax, and expressed incredulity that the brothers could have been involved.“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” began a statement from Smollett attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”“One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,” the statement continued. “It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.”The statement went on to say that Smollett would continue to cooperate with authorities.After initially considered persons of interest, the brothers were detained and become potential suspects, police said. When they were threatened with to be charged with battery and hate crimes, they agreed to work with detectives, the sources said.The dramatic shift in the probe is the latest in the fast-changing story that started with Smollett reporting to police that he was attacked in the early morning hours of Jan. 29.By Saturday evening, however, Chicago police said they were “eager to speak to Jussie Smollett” after the interrogation of the Osundairo brothers.“We have been in touch with Smollett’s attorneys,” said Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told ABC News.Guglielmi said the department contacted the actor’s lawyers Friday night.“We made our intentions clear,” he said.A spokesperson for Fox, which broadcasts “Empire,” declined comment on Saturday night.Early Saturday, after the brothers were released, police said they had new information that “could change the story entirely.”Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, confirmed by police as those seen in surveillance images from the night of the alleged incident, were arrested on Wednesday night and interviewed by detectives in the following days.Based on the video evidence that police discovered, it did not indicate anyone else was there at the scene of the alleged incident, police say.But on Saturday, after their release the night before, police said they were no long potential suspects and again persons of interest, saying that they may still have information that is helpful to the investigation.Smollett told police that on Jan. 29 he was walking outside when he was attacked by two men. The attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs before hitting him, pouring “an unknown chemical substance” on him — possibly bleach — and wrapping a rope around his neck, he told detectives.Police confirmed phone records show that during the attack, Smollett was on the phone with Brandon Moore, his music manager. Both claim that the alleged attackers yelled “MAGA country.”While police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Saturday that he could not speak on what the new information was, he said that the break from detectives has “shifted the trajectory” of the investigation. Though he did not say whether Smollett spoke to the men that night — one of them had previously appeared on “Empire” — he said it will also be central to the investigation whether they spoke to or saw Smollett.Police raided the home of the brothers Wednesday night to search for possible evidence and retrieved shoes, electronic devices, bleach and a red hat, among other items, according to photos of an inventory log confirmed to ABC News. The inventory log, first reported by a local CBS station, also contained a description for an item saying “Script-Empire.”It’s unclear whether forensic results have come back on any of the seized items on the inventory log.Police confirmed that the two men, who are U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent, are brothers. They also said that the two “have a relationship with [Jussie].”On Friday, as interviews with the two men continued, Guglielmi said that “the alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect.”He also said that there was “no evidence to say that this is a hoax.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New awards for the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun.

first_imgDubrovnik Gardens of the Sun once again won international awards this year, which is the best indicator of excellence, as well as confirmation of the leading position in the field of family and wellness tourism in Europe.As part of the renowned 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards, the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun resort won the award for the best luxury spa resort in Croatia (Best Luxury Resort Spa), and the best spa in the destination (Luxury Destination Spa). The World Luxury Spa awards are given for high quality standards within the luxury wellness segment, and are part of the world-renowned organization World Luxury Awards, which awards prizes for impeccable service and facilities in the hotel industry.”In recent years, we have invested a lot in the development of the spa concept, as well as the improvement of the overall wellness experience in order to exceed the expectations of our guests and maintain the position of the best SPA resort in the region. These awards are a confirmation that we are on the right path, and I congratulate my staff on their success and continuous work and effort.”Said on this occasion the general manager of the resort, Christian Larss Kreković and adds that the Resort for the second year in a row won recognition in the prestigious competition 2017 Junior Design Awards – a silver award for best family hotel (Best Family Hotel, UK & Worldwide).By the way, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, a luxury five-star resort, is located on the coast in Orašac near Dubrovnik and is part of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World. In addition to luxury accommodation in 201 rooms within the hotel and 207 residences, the resort offers an award-winning spa, sports center, 16 different bars and restaurants, a beach and three outdoor pools, and one of the best conference centers in the region.Related news:Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun has joined The Leading Hotels of the Worldlast_img read more

Trinidad increases survelliance on travellers to and from Venezuela

first_img Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Trinidad increases survelliance on travellers to and from Venezuela by: – June 6, 2013 16 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan, says there will be increased checks for travellers to and from Venezuela where the Swine Flu virus has killed 17 people.PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan, has said there will be increased checks for travellers to and from Venezuela where the Swine Flu virus has killed 17 people and infected nearly 300 in recent months.He said while the virus has not reached Trinidad and Tobago, there will be heightened security at airports and other entry points for anyone exhibiting the flu-like symptoms.“We are susceptible because we are close to Venezuela and they have had a lot of cases in Venezuela. We have put our surveillance methods on fast forward.”Dr. Khan said while there had been one suspected case of Bird Flu, it was never confirmed because the patient recovered.The health minister said there was no “apparent threat” of the new SARS-like coronavirus following the recent visit of the Chinese leader Xi Jingping and his delegation.China reported last month that 30 people had died from the new strain of the virus that has also calimed lives in Saudi Arabia.Caribbean 360last_img read more

Tod R. Emigh age, 49

first_imgTod R. Emigh, age 49, of Brookville, Indiana died unexpectedly Thursday, June 23, 2016 at his residence.Born August 10, 1966 in Oxford, Ohio he was the son of Lewis & Lenoris M. (Canter) Emigh. He was a graduate of the former Brookville High School in Brookville, and attended Vincennes University, where he graduated with his Associates Degree. He was employed in the Telecommunications field for many years and currently worked for Cyrus One. In his leisure time he enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, and also golfing. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brookville, as well as the Brook Hill Golf Club.Survivors include his son, Hunter Emigh of Brookville; Hunter’s brother, Tom Wory of Bright, Indiana; his father Lewis Emigh of Brookville, Indiana; a sister, Melanie Swartz of Shelbyville, Indiana and a brother, Kim Emigh of Rowlett, Texas.He was preceded in death by his mother, Lenoris M. Emigh who died July 2, 2013 as well as a brother, Scott Robert Emigh who died March 28, 1964.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 8:00 P.M. on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville.Pastor Kevin Waltz of the Emmanuel Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Tuesday, June 28, 2016, 11:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville, Indiana Memorial contributions may be directed to the Emmanuel Baptist Church or the Brook Hill Golf Club. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Emigh, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.philllipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more