The two Nigerian brothers who helped Empire star Jussie Smollett complete his staged attack have turned around and sued Smollett and his attorneys for defamation.
According to CBS Chicago, the Osundairo brothers, who were paid $3,500 by Smollett to help him perform his fake hate attack, say the aftermath has ruined their lives.
Police ended up dropping obstruction charges against Ola and Abel Osundairo after they began cooperating with police during the investigation.
In the lawsuit, the brothers claim they were dropped by their talent agents, have felt unsafe in Chicago, and say Smollett’s attorney lied when he said Ola was in a sexual relationship with Smollett, who is gay, when Ola was actually in a relationship with a woman.
The brothers were hired as extras for a few episodes of Empire, which films in Chicago.
Lawsuit: Mark Geragos claimed that Ola had a sexual relationship with Jussie Smollett on a podcast. Lawsuit strongly denies those claims. Adding that Ola was in a reationship with a woman at the time.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) April 23, 2019
That’s where they meet Smollett.
According to the investigation, Smollett was upset when a hate letter he received did not get enough media attention. That’s when he began planning out an attack.
Smollett then hired the Osundairo brothers to act as attackers who punched him, threw bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck.
Smollett then told police his attackers were white and yelled “this is MAGA country” in an attempt to make the attack more racist.
The Cook County District Attorney later dropped charges against Smollett for filing a false police report.
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