Osundairo Brothers File Defamation Case Against Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers
Written by KFAT on April 24, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Brothers Abimola and Olabinjo Osundairo, the brothers who were allegedly paid by Jussie Smollett to carry out the attack against him, has filed a federal defamation lawsuit against the actor’s legal team.
The brothers’ representative, Attorney Gloria Schmidt, presided over the Chicago press conference where they announced their lawsuit against celebrity attorney Mark Geragos and one of his partners, Tina Glandian. Schmidt said her clients “deserve to have their reputations restored.” The brothers claimed that their reputation was besmirched because of the lies being fabricated about them and published in the media.
Although the brothers didn’t appear at the conference, Schmidt read their statement: “These lies are destroying our character and reputation… Anyone who knows us know we do not have hate, that is not who we are… We will no longer sit back and allow these lies to continue.”
According to documents obtained by USA Today, the brothers were defamed by Geragos and Glandian when Smollett was charged for filing a false police report in March. The actor’s legal counsel allegedly made public statements claiming that the Osundairos “criminally attacked” the actor.
Additionally, the brothers argue in their 16-page lawsuit that Glandian falsely stated that they were involved in “illegal steroid trafficking” and that one of them engaged in sexual activities with the ‘Empire’ actor.
Abimola is concerned for his safety if ever the rumor reaches Nigeria where he often goes to visit his family. Homosexuality is illegal in the country and carries a 14-year prison sentence.
Geragos and Glandian slammed the lawsuit, calling it a “lawyer-driven nonsense” in a statement to Fox News. They also called the move a “desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated.”
The brothers were implicated in the attack against Smollett after the actor the actor reported the incident to the police. During the investigation a surveillance footage reportedly showed the brothers buying a rope allegedly used in the attack against Smollett. In March, the brothers became cooperating witnesses when the investigation turned to Smollett, during which they claimed that the actor paid them a check to orchestrate a “phony attack” in an attempt to take “advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career.”
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