Osundairo brothers file defamation lawsuit against Jussie Smollett's attorneys

Jussie Smollett Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo

Jussie Smollett Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo

The Osundairo brothers cooperated with authorities, testifying before a grand jury, before Smollett was charged with multiple felony counts alleging the actor duped the Chicago police into believing he had been the target of a hate crime.

Some have questioned why the brothers are suing Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian but not Jussie Smollett.

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

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx will not meet with the Cook County Board to discuss her office's handling of the Jussie Smollett case, according to a letter from Foxx obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times.

That didn't stop Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel from angrily blasting the decision to drop Smollett's charges and saying the move was "not on the level" and a "whitewash of justice".

Likewise, in the suit, the Osundairo brothers speak openly about the staged attack and say that Jussie Smollett paid them and planned every step of the event.

Jussie Smollett was accused of staging a homophobic and racist attack on himself with the Osundario brothers
Jussie Smollett was accused of staging a homophobic and racist attack on himself with the Osundario brothers

The lawsuit doesn't specify an exact amount of money the brothers are seeking, only that would it be more than $75,000 for "appropriate compensatory damages, punitive damages and costs" stemming from the alleged defamation. The suit also accuses Glandian of falsely suggesting that Abimbola Osundairo had sexual relations with Smollett, exposing him to backlash in the Nigerian community. He also claimed they had made reference to Donald Trump's famous slogan, "Make America great again".

"We have sat back & watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have light". "While we know this ridiculous lawsuit will soon be dismissed because it lacks any legal footing, we look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public".

"At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody", the attorneys said.

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.

The lawyers expressed confidence that the courts would dismiss the lawsuit.

Nonetheless, Jussie pleaded not guilty and prosecutors eventually dropped all charges against him. Likewise, during the period when the brothers were considered suspects, Chicago police never showed Jussie any evidence they were his attackers. Instead they doubled down, not simply affirming that Mr. Smollett was a wholly innocent victim, but that (among other accusations) Plaintiffs unequivocally led a criminally homophobic, racist, and violent attack against Mr. Smollett.

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