Osundairo Brothers File Federal Defamation Lawsuit Against Jussie Smollett's Attorneys

Wednesday, 24 Apr, 2019

This is when lawyers for the Osundairo brothers say Smollett's attorneys "doubled down" on "untrue" statements that the brothers were behind the "criminally homophobic, racist, and violent attack" against Smollett.

The 36-year-old actor, best known for his role on the Twentieth Century Fox Television hip-hop drama "Empire", was charged in February with staging the incident himself and filing a false police report.

Second, and more importantly for the purposes of this lawsuit, the Osundairo brothers are going after one specific set of comments from Glandian, as alluded to in the passage above: an interview she did on the Reasonable Doubt podcast in which she alleged that Abel and Jussie had at one point engaged in "homosexual sex acts together".

A lawyer for Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo filed the federal lawsuit on Tuesday in Chicago on behalf of the brothers.

The lawsuit alleges that after the charges were dropped, Glandian continued to advance the narrative that Smollett had been attacked and defamed the brothers.

The brothers say they have suffered extreme emotional distress, humiliation, anxiety, damages to their reputation, and damages to current and prospective business relations as a result of the defamation.

Jussie Smollett has been having night terrors since he was allegedly attacked in a hate crime in January, according to his brother.

It rejected the idea that the brothers, who are also black, attacked Smollett because of his race, asserting that the actor staged the incident.

It also accuses Smollett of taking advantage of the brothers' own aspirations to establish TV and movie careers by manipulating them into taking part in the alleged hoax. "We will no longer sit back and allow these lies to continue".

"At first we thought this comical legal document was a parody", the attorneys said. "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".

After weeks of a Chicago Police Department investigation into what Smollett said was racist and homophobic attack, that took place outside of his apartment building in the tony downtown Chicago neighborhood of Streeterville, detectives determined that Smollett himself was responsible for orchestrating the attack.

Schmidt said she was baffled by the decision to drop all charges against Smollett. Likewise, during the period when the brothers were considered suspects, Chicago police never showed Jussie any evidence they were his attackers.