During his first day on the stand, Jussie recalled first meeting Abel at a club, after which time they had a friendly and romantic relationship and would often drive around and smoke marijuana together, he claimed. Abel denied the sexual aspect of his relationship with Jussie.
As for Ola, the actor claimed that "he didn’t like me," while Jussie's lawyers sought to paint Ola as homophobic, suggesting that as a motive for the brothers to attack Jussie.
The Osundairo brothers, however, both claimed that Jussie asked and paid them to stage a racist and homophobic attack against him, and alleged that they had previously scoped out the site of the attack with Jussie, which the actor denied.
According to CBS Chicago, when Jussie took the stand for a second day, he said "there was no hoax."
Jussie additionally alleged that the Osundairo brothers asked his rep that the actor pay them $1 million each to "go away" and say there were not involved in any hoax. Jussie said he declined to pay them. The Osundairo brothers denied making such a request.