“Empire” star Jussie Smollett may be living like he got off scot-free, but his former friends, the Osundairo brothers, are not. And now they’re going after his legal team.
According to Fox News, the Nigerian-American brothers, Amibola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola,” are still very upset that Smollett is claiming that they attacked him, yelled slurs at him, poured bleach over his head, and put a noose around his neck completely on their own accord.
Abel and Ola have cooperated with Chicago Police and maintain that their former friend Smollett asked them to stage the attack, which was reportedly made to look like it was being perpetrated by President Trump supporters.
With all the charges dropped against Smollett via a very controversial decision that has Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx under investigation, the brothers are suing two of the “Empire” actor’s attorneys.
One of those attorneys is Tina Glandian. The other is high-profile lawyer Mark Geragos.
Geragos happens to be the attorney for anti-Trump NFL-quarterback-turned-activist Colin Kaepernick. He has also been named as a co-conspirator with anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti, who has been charged with allegedly trying to extort millions of dollars out of Nike.
Ironically, Geragos represents Kaepernick, who has been marketed as the face of Nike. And just as “coincidentally,” Avenatti was hoping to represent the Osundairo brothers and was going to communicate with Foxx about the case, recent text messages have revealed.
According to Fox 32 Chicago anchor Rafer Weigel, who has been closely following the case, the brother’s attorney Gloria Schmidt said, “We want to end these malicious attacks and false statement” by Geragos that continue to harm the brothers’ reputation by continuing to claim they acted on their own accord.
"We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have light,” the brothers said via Schmidt. “These lies are destroying our character and reputation and personal life.”
"Those who know us personally know we don’t have hate for anyone,” Abel and Ola continued. “That is not who we are. We try to spread love and positivity. We will no longer sit back and allow these lies to continue."
Schmidt added: "They were asked to do something by a friend whom they trusted and at the end of the day that trust was betrayed."
She went on to say that Jussie “wanted his employer and the public to notice and appreciate him as a successful black, openly gay actor. So, Mr. Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose."
She also lashed out against Glandian’s inference that “Bola [Abel] Osundairo and Mr. Smollett engaged, at least briefly, in homosexual acts together. These statements were made to the third-party press and public. Bola Osundairo is heterosexual and was dating a woman at the time."
"The [Osundairo] plaintiffs feel unsafe and alienated in their local Chicago community. This is because Mr. Geragos, a very famous attorney, falsely and publicly stated they have committed a heinous, racially, and homophobically motivated hate crime, that they lied under oath, and that they lied to Chicago Police."