- Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo – the two brothers who say they were paid to stage a hate crime against Jussie Smollett – are suing his lawyers for allegedly lying about their involvement.
- They say Smollett’s lawyers, Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, insist the hate crime is real and that the Osundairo brothers have a side-gig as drug traffickers.
- The brothers deny the accusations and say Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.”
- Geragos and Glandian say the lawsuit is a “desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack.”
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The two brothers who say they were paid to stage a hate crime against Jussie Smollett are now suing his lawyers, claiming the attorneys lied about how they were involved and falsely accused them of being drug traffickers.
The brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were initially considered suspects in the supposed attack against Smollett earlier this year. The “Empire” actor claimed two masked men beat him, hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured liquid on him, put a put a noose around his neck, and yelled “this is MAGA country!” But in interviews with police, the Osundairo brothers said the “Empire” actor orchestrated the whole thing.
Smollett’s attorneys, Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, insisted the hate crime was real and that the Osundairo brothers may have worn whiteface to carry it out.
In their lawsuit, according to a copy obtained bt the Chicago Sun-Times, the brothers say Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.” The two claim the actor paid them $US3,500 for the attack.
“Mr. Smollett’s motivation was simple. He wanted his employer and the public to notice and appreciate him as a successful black, openly gay actor,” they say in the lawsuit, which was filed on Tuesday.
The Osundairo brothers also allege that Geragos and Glandian spread other falsehoods about them, saying they engaged in illegal steroid trafficking and that Abimbola Osundairo engaged in homosexual acts, according to the Sun-Times. The lawsuit says the allegations caused him severe distress, since he was dating a woman and often visited his family in Nigeria, where same-sex activity is punishable by death.
Geragos and Glandian said in a statement later Tuesday that they expected the lawsuit to be dismissed.
“At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody. Instead this so-called lawsuit by the brothers is more of their lawyer driven nonsense, and a desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated,” they said.
The Smollett affair has created a fallout among Chicago’s law enforcement institutions. The city’s district attorneys dropped charges against him, infuriating members of the police department. The city itself is suing Smollett to recoup costs of the police investigation into the alleged attack. And Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx is being criticised for saying the actor was “overcharged” in the first place, leading the county’s investigator general to look into the incident. Throughout it all, Smollett has maintained his innocence, but still said he would participate in community service.
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