Two brothers who have become a part of the Jussie Smollett story, with the “Empire” actor accused of arranging with the brothers to stage a fake hate crime, have issued a statement through their attorney expressing regret for their roles in the attack.
The statement released today by Gloria Schmidt, a Chicago lawyer for Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, was circulated online. It says: “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 Osundairo brothers were originally considered suspects in the early-morning beating Smollett told police he suffered in a downtown Chicago neighborhood on Jan. 29,” USA Today reports. “Smollett told police his attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referred to ‘MAGA,’ President Trump’s political slogan, Make America Great Again.
“The brothers were arrested on Feb. 15, detained and interrogated for nearly 48 hours, and finally told police that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack. Police released them without charges.”
Here’s today’s statement …