Jussie Smollett's Alleged Attackers Sue His Attorneys for Defamation
Lawyers say Osundairos didn't lie to the police, despite participating in alleged hoax
The brothers accused of a homophobic attack against 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett, later accused of assisting him in staging a hoax, have filed a lawsuit against the star's attorneys, Tina Glandian and Mark Geragos, and Geragos' firm for defamation.
According to the suit, Geragos and his firm continued to state publically that both brothers "led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett," despite them knowing it wasn't true.
The two brothers are seeking punitive damages and lost income following the accusations.
The Osundairos' attorney, Gloria Schmidt, told reporters:
"I will never be the man that this did not happen to. I will be forever changed.'"
She added that the Chicago Police Department and her clients "can say that same statement. My city, my police department and my clients deserve to have their reputations restored."
Schmidt criticized Geragos and Glandian's alleged "continued false statements and hateful rhetoric" against Abel and Ola Osundairo.
"That is why today we are taking action in federal court," she said.
"We want to end these malicious attacks and ensure that those responsible for continuing to destroy the reputation of the Chicago Police Department and Abel and Ola Osundairo are held accountable."
"The Chicagoan brothers told the truth," Schmidt said.
"They could have remained silent, but they told the truth to the police, and with their right hands in the air, they told the truth to the grand jury."
She later said they were "asked to do something by a friend that they trusted, and later that friend betrayed their trust."
Schmidt read a statement from the brothers:
"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 and our personal and professional lives.
"Those who know us personally know we don't have hate for anyone. That is not who we are. We try to spread love and positivity to everyone we come in contact with. We will no longer sit back and allow these lies to continue."
Schmidt noted that the Osundairos did not lie to the police, despite participating in the alleged publicity stunt.
"No one should be surprised by this lawsuit," attorney James Tunick said.
"[The defendants] know the extent of their false and vicious remarks."
Geragos and Glandian reacted to the suit:
"At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody. Instead, this so-called lawsuit by the brothers is more of their lawyer driven nonsense, and a desperate attempt for them to stay relevant and further profit from an attack they admit they perpetrated.
While we know this ridiculous lawsuit will soon be dismissed because it lacks any legal footing, we look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public."
In February, investigators claimed Smollet staged a "racist and homophobic" attack because he was "dissatisfied" with the $1 million salary he receives for acting on the TV show "Empire."
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson was outraged after 16 felony counts against actor Jussie Smollett were dropped last month, who investigators said faked a racist hate crime against himself.