SEE IT: Third sibling of brothers implicated in Jussie Smollett ‘hoax’ attack does not deny ‘Empire’ actor paid them to stop cooperating with prosecutors [VIDEO]

A CBS Chicago reporter tracked down a third brother of the two men involved in the purported Jussie Smollett hate crime investigation, would not say if he believed his brothers had been telling the truth, or deny that they might have been paid as incentive to discontinue cooperating with prosecutors.

Reporter Charlie De Mar posted video footage on Twitter of an impromptu interview with a man the reporter said was a brother of Ola and Abel Osundairo, the fitness consultants who Smollett had been accused of paying to stage a hate crime against him. Smollett was arrested last month on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly falsifying police reports about a January 29 assault that prosecutors and Chicago police appear to believe was orchestrated by the actor.

De Mar posted a series of tweets based on a conversation he had with the man, who was not named, on Wednesday, the day after prosecutors unexpectedly dropped all charges against Smollett, dismissed the criminal case, and expunged his record.

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In one clip, the man says he is “happy for everyone” in response to a question about the charges being dropped, and says he will not speak for his brothers, as he expects them to comment publicly themselves.

In another clip, De Mar asks the man if he believes his brothers’ story about being paid by Smollett to attack him.

“No comment,” the man says. “They [the brothers] can speak on their own.”

The reporter also tweeted about an off-camera exchange in which he asked the man if he thought Smollett may have paid his brothers to stop cooperating with prosecutors. Again, the man said, “no comment.”

The Osundairo brothers have made no public comments about the alleged hate attack or the stunning decision to drop the charges thus far.

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[Feature image: AP Photo/Paul Beaty]