Jussie Smollett – Brothers Accused Of Attacking Actor Sues His Lawyers For Defamation
“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett‘s alleged attackers have officially broken their silence with a lawsuit. Abel and Ola Osundairo are reportedly suing Jussie’s lawyers, Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian, for defamation. The case from the January attack has since been dismissed and thrown out of court, but brothers claim that Mark and Tina have repeatedly painted them as liars, and even insinuated that Abel was having a sexual relationship with the openly gay actor.
In a press conference today (4/23/19), Abel and Ola’s lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, spoke on their behalf – announcing their lawsuit against Jussie’s legal team. Gloria read:
“We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life. These lies are destroying our character and our reputation in our personal and professional lives. Those who know us personally know that we don’t have hate for anyone. That is not who we are…They were asked to do something by a friend who they trusted and at the end of the day, that friend betrayed their trust.”
“Mr. Smollett’s attorneys, faced with an outraged public, did not retreat after their success. Instead, they doubled down, not simply affirming that Mr. Smollett was a wholly innocent victim but that [the brothers] unequivocally led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett. They made these comments knowing they were untrue to distract from Mr. Smollet’s farce and to promote themselves and the Geragos & Geragos law firm.”
Gloria, again, infers that Jussie Smollett contrived the attack in hopes of receiving a bigger “Empire” check:
“Mr. Smollett’s motivation was simple. He wanted his employer and the public to notice and appreciate him as a successful black, openly gay actor. As far as their participation in this publicity stunt, they’ve realized it was wrong and they have apologized for it and they have expressed more than once that they are tremendously regretful for the role that they played in it but make no mistake, they had no role in calling the police and they had no role in defrauding the police department.”
Earlier this month, Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, Tina Glandian, accused the Nigerian brothers of both having a sexual affair with Jussie and trafficking steroids while a guest on the Reasonable Doubt Podcast. She said:
“I have a very specific theory. He and Abel had been hanging out a lot and they were friends and about 10 days before the incident, Abel actually spent the night at Jussie’s place and my theory at least is that the older brother who lived with Abel saw that his younger brother didn’t come home, started wondering what this relationship is and keep in mind, Abel is also the stand-in for Jussie’s love interest.”
“It’s one thing he’s playing this character now he’s hanging out with this openly gay man then he spends the night there.”
Abel and Ola Osundairo continue to maintain their innocence amid the case’s dismissal.
Written by Miata Shanay