Brothers involved in Jussie Smollet case issue apology

Brothers involved in Jussie Smollet case issue apology

Brothers involved in Jussie Smollet case issue apology

Gloria Schmidt said in a statement to CBS Chicago that her clients, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, "have tremendous regret" over their involvement in the scandal.

The two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a hate crime are sorry they ever got involved, according to their attorney. He claimed the two attackers then proceeded to jump him, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him. TMZ reports they "obtained documents that on the surface back his claim the $3,500 check he wrote to Abel was for training".

CNN spoke to several legal and public relations experts to better understand what lies ahead for the actor, who faces a felony charge of disorderly conduct for claiming he was attacked by two men on January 29 in Chicago. He was later released after posting a $100,000 bond.

Investigators believe Smollett staged the attack "because he was dissatisfied with his salary", Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said, citing information that the brothers gave to police. His next hearing is set for March 14.

The brothers were initially arrested after they were caught on camera purchasing several of the items used in the attack. They theorized that this was an orchestrated publicity stunt because Smollett was unhappy with his pay on Empire.

His legal team, however, continues to defend the actor, saying he's a "young man of impeccable character".

Previously, the Osundairos, who met Smollett while acting on "Empire" and one of whom became the actor's personal trainer, said in a statement that they're not racist. "Jussie has been an important member of our Empire family for the past five years and we care about him deeply", the statement reads. "We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens", they said on February 18.

After the extra walked away, Johnson said Abel said: "I don't want anybody like that around me".

"I just hope people don't judge other folks that are victims of these types of crimes because this is just one particular incident". However, Smollett was arrested on February 21 after being charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report in which he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime.

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