The two brothers who say “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett hired them to fake a hate crime attack are speaking out through their attorneys.
Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo’s attorney released a statement to CBS Chicago Thursday night, saying that they felt “tremendous regret” for being involved in the situation.
“My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves,” the statement read.
As previously reported, the two were captured in surveillance video purchasing a red hat and ski masks. Smollett claimed he was assaulted by two men wearing red MAGA hats and using a rope and bleach.
Chicago police said the community helped them catch the men by giving officers access to surveillance cameras in the neighborhood. Ola and Abel Osundairo were arrested and admitted that Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage an attack outside his Streeterville apartment building last month.
Smollett, who initially reported it was two white men who attacked him, was arrested but later released from the Cook County Jail last week after posting bond. He is charged with a felony for filing a false police report.
Meanwhile he is proclaiming his innocence and his legal team is refuting claims made by the brothers, namely the check. According to Smollett he did pay the brothers $3500 but it was for personal training and nutritional services to lose weight for a music video.
A Chicago judge has also allowed him to fly to Los Angeles to meet with the head of his legal team, famed celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. He is due back in court March 14.
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