The Jussie Smollett case just took an interesting and unexpected turn.
Per Charlie De Mar, Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Jussie Smollett’s legal team.
Mark Geragos, his law firm, and Tina Glandian listed as defendants
Brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Jussie Smollett’s legal team.
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) April 23, 2019
Daily Mail reported that the Nigerian brothers who say Jussie Smollett paid them to beat him up have sued the Empire star’s lawyers for defamation and revealed startling allegations they say were made against them including that Smollett might have had a sexual relationship with one.
Abel and Ola Osundairo have filed a lawsuit against Smollett’s attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian who they say maliciously painted them as liars in the public after Smollett’s high profile criminal case was dropped.
After being busted, and with his story falling apart, Smollett claimed that the Nigerian brothers must’ve wore “white face” when they attacked him.
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Two brothers formally accused “Empire” star Jussie Smollett of paying them to “stage the attack” against him in a lawsuit filed Tuesday accusing the actor’s legal team of defamation, according to reports.
Ola and Abel Osundairo filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Smollett’s legal team, listing Mark Geragos, his law firm and Tina Glandian, according to CBS Chicago.
The lawsuit claims that Smollett, 36, paid them “a sum of money to stage the attack [against Smollett] to benefit himself” and “directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“Mr. Smollett used his clout as a wealthy actor to influence Plaintiffs, who were in a subordinate relationship to him and were aspiring to ‘make it’ in Hollywood,” the legal papers say, according to the report.
“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. So, Mr. Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and noose,” the report says the documents claim.
Smollett, who is black and gay, claims a pair of bigots spewed racial and homophobic vitriol while dousing him with bleach and tossing a noose around his neck in Chicago on Jan. 29.
But the actor’s tale fell apart when the Chicago police determined he paid the Osundairo brothers to stage the attack in order to drum up sympathy and a fatter paycheck for himself.
Though charges accusing him of setting up the attack as a hoax were dropped, the city of Chicago has filed a civil complaint against him for refusing to reimburse it for $130,000 in overtime payments to police officers who investigated his alleged hate crime hoax.