Correction: CBS Chicago initially reported that the searches belonged to Jussie Smollett himself. This cheat has been updated to reflect that the searches actually belonged to one of the Osundairo brothers, not the actor.
In the days after Jussie Smollett reported being the victim of a hate crime, one of the men who was allegedly paid to stage the attack searched his name on Google at least 50 times, CBS Chicago reports. Police found that electronic data from brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo show numerous searches of the former Empire star’s name in the aftermath of his alleged assault, with several searches coming within minutes of each other. The men were allegedly paid $3,500 to stage the attack.
Smollett previously faced charges for filing a fake police report after he was accused by authorities of staging the attack, but the charges were dropped in March. A special prosecutor was appointed last week to investigate the dropped charges. Smollett is also currently facing a lawsuit over charges incurred by the city of Chicago while investigating the attack.