Osundairo Brothers Insist in New Lawsuit that Smollett 'Directed' the Attack

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The two Nigerian brothers filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court against Smollett's attorneys, Tina Glandian and Mark Geragos, and Geragos' law firm. Smollett was arrested and charged with the 16 counts for allegedly filing a false police report.

Attorneys representing the Osundairo brothers claim in the suit that Smollett's attorneys defamed their clients by maintaining his innocence and repeatedly stating publicly that the brothers genuinely attacked him after evidence to the contrary emerged.

The brothers told police they were paid by Smollett to stage the hate crime against the Empire actor.

He would also go on to dispute the claim made by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson that Smollett staged the attack because his career was flagging.

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The same day that BET published Jojo's essay, a spokesperson for Jussie told the Chicago Sun-Times that the actor was doing "pretty well". "Furthermore, Ms. Glandian's statements indicating Plaintiffs actually criminally battered Mr. Smollett without his consent are patently false and defamatory, as Mr. Smollett originated, planned, and orchestrated the attack".

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

In one case, Smollet's lawyers implied that one of the brothers might have had an intimate relationship with Smollett, who is openly gay.

As for the police's claim that Jussie staged the incident trying to get a raise at work, Jojo pointed out that the Fox network immediately said it was not true. "So, Mr. Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose". He pleaded not guilty and in March, prosecutors dropped all charges against him, spurring outrage from Chicago police and a $130,000 lawsuit from the city.

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"Their platform - the brothers' - is all about being steroid-free", she said. "It is a sad time and we are slowly healing", Empire creator Lee Daniels told Extra on Tuesday, almost one month after charges against the actor were dropped after he allegedly staged a hate crime.

The officers' attorney, James McKay, said the photo of Foxx and Brown together is a problem, regardless of whether she knew about his case.

"To the extent the Media Intervenors are seeking access to the court records, they have failed to establish good cause to unseal such records", Geragos continued.

An attorney for several Chicago police officer alleges a selfie that Jedidiah Brown posted of him with Kim Foxx shows a special prosecutor is needed in Brown's pending case.

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