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Osundairo brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers for defamation

Osundairo brothers sue Jussie Smollett's lawyers for defamation

Bola and Ola Osundairo, fitness fanatic Nigerian brothers Smollett knew and allegedly paid to stage the attack, filed a defamation lawsuit on Tuesday against Smollett's lawyers Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian in IL federal court.

CWB Chicago reports that "t$3 he complaint filed this morning in Chicago's federal courthouse seeks more than $75,000 each for Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo and Abimbola "Bola" Osundairo from attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian as well as the Geragos & Geragos Law Firm".

The lawsuit says that the lawyers' repeated statements that Smollett told the truth all along and that the brothers were lying caused them "significant emotional distress", and made them feel unsafe and alienated them from the local community.

Jojo said claims that his brother "staged" the late night attack in Chicago are "ludicrous" and blasted the "bandwagon" who believe that the attack was planned.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, the Osundairo's lawyer Gloria Schmidt said her clients deserve to have their reputations restored, and have lost work as a result of the Smollett stunt.

Two brothers accused of a "fake" attack on "Empire" TV show actor Jussie Smollett are suing the performer's attorneys.

Smollett has repeatedly and vehemently denied the allegations, saying he paid the brothers for physical training.

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Police later traced the attack to the Osundairo brothers, who confessed that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack.

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It also accuses Smollett of taking advantage of the brothers' own aspirations to establish TV and movie careers by manipulating them into taking part in the alleged hoax. "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".

While Smollett himself is not named as a defendant, the lawsuit includes details about the case against Smollett that Cook County prosecutors dropped.

Jussie Smollett saw an outpouring of public support in January when it emerged that he had been the victim of an alleged homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago.

Two weeks later, Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of disorderly conduct - and 12 days after that all charges against him were controversially dropped. "The numerous police leaks, which prompted an internal Chicago Police investigation, convicted Jussie in the court of public opinion before he even entered a courtroom".


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