Brothers Accused of Jussie Smollett Attack Sue His Attorneys for Defamation

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Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts in March for making false reports to police, where he claimed he was attacked by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him and poured an unknown substance on him.

In their lawsuit, the Osundairos contend that even after prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett while simultaneously saying they could prove the attack was a hoax, Smollett's attorneys kept saying in interviews that the Chicago-born brothers "led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett".

Amid the skepticism and the scorn over the legal debacle over his alleged hate crime attack, Jussie Smollett's family has stood by him and in a new essay, his eldest brother JoJo Smollett speaks out again in support of the actor and urges people to consider believing his side of the story. The suit also accuses Glandian of falsely suggesting that Abimbola Osundairo had sexual relations with Smollett, exposing him to backlash in the Nigerian community. Moreover, these tortious statements involve a hoax conducted in IL and orchestrated by Mr. Smollett. "Those who know us personally know that we don't have hate for anyone".

Smollett, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on January 29 that two apparent supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him.

According to the lawsuit, the Osundairo brothers are suing Geragos and Glandianon because they continue to evoke their role in the ordeal during media appearances. The case was eventually dropped by the Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx.

Jussie Smollett's brother has claimed the actor is suffering profound emotional issues and has night terrors.

Police later concluded that Smollett, 36, staged the attack for publicity.

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Schmidt said she was baffled by the decision to drop all charges against Smollett.

"Their platform - the brothers' - is all about being steroid-free", she said. "State's Attorney Foxx has not been involved in any aspect of the charging or prosecution of the pending misdemeanor case involving Jedidiah Brown".

James Tunick, one of three attorneys who spoke, said no one should be surprised by the lawsuit.

Earlier this month, Smollett was sent a $130,000 city bill to reimburse the cost of the seven-day investigation into his assault claims.

In a statement, the brothers said that comments from Smollett's lawyers "are destroying our character and our reputation and our personal and professional lives", Fox reports.

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