Lawyer for Brothers in Alleged Jussie Smollett Hate Crime Hoax Says They Were ‘Betrayed’
In an interview on Fox News, Gloria Schmidt, the lawyer for Abimbola Osundairo and Olabinjo Osundairo, said the pair were betrayed by Empire actor Jussie Smollettt by entangling them in an alleged hate crime hoax.
Schmidt insisted her clients did nothing wrong in their part of purchasing the materials used in the alleged stage attack against Smollett.
“Have the prosecutors told them that?” Bill Hemmer asked.
“I don’t know what the prosecutors have said or not said but I know that in terms of their legal analysis they’re not in any legal peril,” she said.
“So what we do know is prosecutors say that Smollett enlisted the help of these two men. They are brothers. One of them worked out with the actor and one had been a stand-in on the show Empire. All that is true,” Sandra Smith asked.
“Yes, that’s true. What I would like to add to that is what this case really is about is a person who is in a position of trust who really betrayed my clients and who took advantage of them,” Schmidt said.
“They have tremendous regret over their role and their participation in this. But what they did was accept payment for training that also encompassed doing a favor for this person. So it is not — it’s not an easy narrative to say okay,’ let’s take $3,500 for this,'” she added.
“But it was your clients are the ones that allegedly went into ACE hardware and produced the receipt for the rope that made into a noose, is that correct? So they aren’t entirely innocent here,” Hemmer pressed.
“When you say innocent I’m saying they are remorseful for their involvement. That’s without a doubt,” Schmidt replied. “I was there to witness their realization process to see that this was something that was going to affect tremendous people across the board, have an enormous impact on minority populations. So I was there to see that realization process. They are remorseful for that.”
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