Brothers involved in Jussie Smollett case file suit against his lawyer

Saul Bowman
April 24, 2019

The brothers accused of attacking actor Jussie Smollett, only to be cleared of the crime when prosecutors announced Smollett had orchestrated a hoax to advance his career, are suing his legal team for defamation, attorneys said Tuesday.

Attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian maintain that the Osundairo brothers actually attacked Smollett, according to CBS Chicago.

JoJo called into question the validity of the Osundario brothers, who told police that Smollett had masterminded the alleged attack, "With not one inkling of solid evidence, many believed the false witness testimony from two suspects who turned into witnesses, even though they lacked standard credibility".

In fact, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who also is black, tore into Smollett after the actor's arrest and said Smollett "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".

Although the brothers were born and raised in Chicago, their lawsuit states they are Nigerian Americans, and often visit family in Nigeria.

A few days later the brothers were released by police without charge and, on 20 February, Jussie Smollett was charged with filing a false police report.

"It is a sad time and we are slowly healing", Empire creator Lee Daniels told Extra on Tuesday, almost one month after charges against the actor were dropped after he allegedly staged a hate crime.

They claim defamatory statements were made in interviews by one of Smollett's lawyers, Tina Glandian, the day after charges against him were dropped, and then repeated widely across the media. That is not who we are.

Smollett "used his clout as a wealthy actor to influence Plaintiffs, who were in a subordinate relationship to him and were aspiring to "make it" in Hollywood", the lawsuit stated. We try to spread love and positivity. He defended his brother's innocence in the wake of allegations he staged his own racist and homophobic attack in the middle of the night in late January in Chicago.

Schmidt, previously told Fox News of their role in the alleged hoax, "What they did, and I'll say have they tremendous regret over their role and their participation in this, but what they did was accept payment for training that also encompassed doing a favor for this person".

"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", the statement continued. "This is because Mr. Geragos, a very famous attorney, falsely & publicly stated they have committed a heinous, racially, and homophobically motivated hate crime, that they lied under oath, and that lied to the Chicago Police Department".

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