The brothers at the center of a purported hate crime are suing their “victim'” actor Jussie Smollett’s attorneys in federal court.
“Empire” star Jussie Smollett alleges he was assaulted back in January of this year, in the freezing-cold Chicago darkness as he was returning from Subway sandwich shop at 2am. Smollett claimed two white men wearing MAGA hats poured a chemical on him, put a noose around his neck, told him that he was in “MAGA country” and used racial and homophobic slurs.
Police quickly determined who Smollett’s “attackers” were: two African American brothers who worked with Smollett. They say they were paid by Smollett to beat him up in a hate crime hoax. Smollett was indicted on an array of charges but the state’s attorney’s office dropped all of them after he paid $10,000 and promised to do community service. Smollett denies he paid Olabinjo and Abimbola “Bola” Osundairo to fake the assault.
The brothers claim in their lawsuit that they were paid “a sum of money to stage the attack [against Smollett] to benefit himself” and “directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.”
They make the claim in a lawsuit against two of Smollett’s defense attorneys, Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, who continued to say in media appearances that the brothers engaged in the attack. The brothers are suing under claims of defamation and false light.
The brothers contend in the lawsuit that “Mr. 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 brothers add: “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. So, Mr. Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.”
Other claims against the Smollett’s attorneys contend:
…Glandian suggested on a podcast that Smollett and Bola Osundairo briefly engaged in homosexual acts. The lawsuit contends that suggestion caused Bola Osundairo severe distress. He is heterosexual, was dating a woman at the time and liked visiting his family in Nigeria, where same-sex activity is illegal and can result in 14 years in prison or “death by stoning” if the accused is married, according to the lawsuit.
Glandian also is alleged to have said on the podcast that the brothers engaged in illegal steroid trafficking, which the body-building brothers deny.
The Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx has come under fire for her decision to let Smollett off the hook. She has requested an inspector general review her office’s handling of the Smollett case. Meanwhile Smollett’s lawyers are fighting the appointment of a special prosecutor to probe the dismissal of the charges against Smollett. Stay tuned!
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