Nigerian brothers entangled in Smollett case ready to testify, will feel ‘vindicated’ when actor found guilty

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Disgraced former Hollywood star Jussie Smollett’s life just went from bad to worse at lightening-fast speed.

Late Tuesday, a day after a special prosecutor in Chicago slapped the actor with a six-count indictment for making false statements to local authorities, the infamous Nigerian brothers who were allegedly paid by him to help orchestrate a fake hate crime last year revealed that their lives have turned to hell because of him and that they’re therefore finally ready to testify in a court of law once his case goes to trial.

Speaking with Page Six, the duo’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, complained that the previously blossoming Hollywood careers of her clients, Abel and Ola Osundairo, have come to a standstill because of Smollett, thus leaving them being forced to eat at local food pantries.

“It’s been really hard for them,” she said. “They’ve tried to kind of jump back into the life they had [and] they couldn’t. They were getting 4 to 5 auditions a month before, [but] that’s completely dried up. Their talent agent dropped them. … They’re eating at the food pantry. It’s not going well for them.”

The two made the mistake of a lifetime last year by allegedly agreeing to help Smollett perpetrate a fake hate crime that involved him being attacked in the middle of the night in Chicago by two alleged white Trump supporters, accosted with racial/homophobic epithets, drenched in bleach and having a rope tied around his neck.

Below is video footage obtained by the authorities that show the two dressed suspiciously with hoodies and a ski mask allegedly en route to meet Smollett at the location where the fake hate crime occurred:


With the turn their lives have taken in the past year, the two are now anxious to tell their side of the story and let the truth be known once and for all.

“This is the end of the beginning for them,” Schmidt said. “They know there’s a long road ahead and there’s a lot of things that need to happen before a jury or judge finds they’re truthful. They have no real skin in the game. They just know their role is to be honest and tell the truth about what happened.”

And what happened, they claim, is nothing like what Smollett has maintained happened.

“They know what happened, they know what he did, he’s making it up to be something that’s not accurate,” she said.

In a statement to the Daily Mail, she reiterated this point while cautioning that the two hold no ill will toward Smollett.

“They have no ill will towards Mr Smollett,” she said. “They really feel like their role in this now is to be honest about what they know. They hope he can be honest about what he knows.”

But thus far the disgraced actor has refused to fess up to anything, including the claim by the Nigerian brothers that they were paid by him to orchestrate the attack. His attorneys have been busy meanwhile smearing the brothers.

“Jussie Smollett’s attorney said police and the Osundairo brothers — the two men officers said Smollett hired to attack him in a staged hate crime — lied about why the ‘Empire’ actor paid the duo thousands of dollars,” NBC News reported last March.

“Tina Glandian, one of Smollett’s lawyers, said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that Ola and Abel Osundairo did receive a check from the actor for $3,500 but said it was for personal training and nutrition for an upcoming music video.”

She also reportedly accused the brothers of trafficking in drugs and suggested that Ola, the older brother, had goaded his younger brother into attacking Smollett because of the actor’s homosexuality.

In response to the smears, the brothers filed a lawsuit against the actor’s attorneys last April.

What the two would like now, Schmidt added Wednesday, is to feel vindicated. And the only way they’ll feel vindicated is if and when Smollett is finally held accountable.

“‘They don’t feel vindicated. A real vindication would be when a court of law says, ‘OK Mr Smollett — you were guilty of lying.’ At that point they would,” she said.

But again, their ill will isn’t toward him but his lawyers …

“Who is really attacking their character is just the lawyers,” Schmidt said. “It’s not Jussie. It’s his lawyers who painted my clients to be self-serving sycophants to create a ruse to escape liability. It’s so offensive and so hurtful.”

It’s not clear whether they realize that Smollett’s lawyers are being paid by him …

But if nothing else, the two do at least realize that they shouldn’t have accepted the job offer from the disgraced actor in the first place.

“If they would have known the fall out [of perpetrating a fake hate crime] they would have never done this. They would have said, ‘ugh Jussie – thanks for nothing,'” their lawyer said.

That’s better late than never, though it still doesn’t excuse them of making a mockery of actual hate crimes and of wasting so many police resources.


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