Chicago, IL – Aspiring actors Abel and Ola Osundairo are regretful for the function the performed in executing Jussie Smollett‘s alleged hate-crime assault in January, CBS News stories.
Their lawyer Gloria Schmidt instructed CBS they’re working to “to choose up the items of what this has executed to their lives.”
“They didn’t know their loyalty to him could be betrayed,” Schmidt mentioned. “They discover themselves in a state of affairs the place they’re tremendously regretful.”
Smollett was indicted on Thursday (March 7) by the State Attorney’s Office on 16 felony counts. Chicago Police Department received Smollett for disorderly conduct for allegedly mendacity to 2 separate cops concerning the incident.
The overtly homosexual actor instructed investigators he was attacked as he was strolling house round 2 a.m. on January 29. He claimed two, masked white males battered him whereas yelling out homophobic and racists slurs.
Following an investigation led by the CPD, it was found Jussie deliberate the melee as a result of he was reportedly sad about his Empire wage. Smollett allegedly directed the Osundairo brothers to buy the noose, MAGA hat, and masks at an Uptown ironmongery shop to make use of within the staged incident. It was additionally discovered Jussie paid them $3500 by test to make it occur.
“They really feel tremendously regretful for his or her function on this, and their involvement within the state of affairs,” Schmidt mentioned. “The affect that this has had – not solely on them, however on minority populations – that weighs very closely on them.”
According to Schmidt, the Osundairo brothers hope to show this incident right into a optimistic one.
The former Empire actor is at the moment free on bond and is ready to be arraigned March 14.