Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Nigerian Brothers Say Jussie Smollett Took Advantage Of Their "Kindness"

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Charles Bowen | 12 March, 2019, 21:26

"I believe my clients were betrayed", Gloria Schmidt said on CNN's "AC 360", referring to brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo.

As previously reported, the check Smollett signed for the brothers was not for the attack, but, instead, for a training and nutrition program.

Cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom for Jussie Smollett's next hearing in Chicago later this week, a judge ruled Tuesday. "You have to look at what kind of relationship they had with Mr. Smollett".

Smollett is charged with 16 counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago. Schmidt confirmed this, herself, adding the actor hired them to train him for a music video shoot.

Chicago police claim Smollett paid the brothers $3,500 to stage a hate crime against him in late January because he was upset with his salary on Empire. Abel and Ola's attorney, Gloria Schmidt, also told TMZ the $3,500 check was compensation for a training and nutrition program created to get Jussie in shape for a music video shoot.

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But according to a new TMZ report, the brothers insist the $3500 check was payment for training and diet regimen created to get Smollett in shape for a music video shoot. It was cashed; it was deposited.

When asked if the check had anything to do with the attack, Schmidt said it's not a "clear-cut answer".

Schmidt said her clients' cooperation with police is why police began investigating Smollett for staging the attack. "If you're friends, and I'm saying, 'Hey, I'm going to pay you for training, ' I'm also asking you to do me a favor. and the favor was to stage the attack".

An attorney for Ola and Abel Osundairo said they feel "betrayed" by the actor and are trying "to pick up the pieces of what this has done to their lives".

She said her clients are remorseful for their role in the situation and they hope it opens dialogue for people in minority communities and those that have suffered hate crimes.

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