Brothers accused of attacking Jussie Smollett sue his attorney for defamation

Jussie Smollett has allegedly been suffering from 'night terrors'

Originally viewed as the suspects who may have perpetrated a physical attack against the Empire actor, the Osundairo brothers were soon viewed as accomplices in a staged hate crime allegedly planned and paid for by Jussie Smollett.

In a federal lawsuit filed today against Mark Geragos, Tina Glandian and their law firm, brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo say they have been set up by the attorneys. Instead, they doubled down, not simply affirming that Mr. Smollett was a wholly innocent victim but that [the brothers] unequivocally led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett.

Smollett claimed a pair of masked attackers yelled "this is MAGA country" - a reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" 2016 campaign slogan - put a noose around his neck, and poured a substance that smelled like bleach on him while beating him in a Chicago street around 2 a.m. January 29 in near zero temperatures. "These lies are destroying our character and reputation in our personal and professional lives".

While his agency didn't mention the Smollett case as the reason they dropped him, the celebrity news website says the agency claims it couldn't provide him the "opportunities he desired".

"Thus, Ms. Glandian's statements have caused Plaintiffs irreparable financial damage", the lawsuit adds.

The brothers testified before a grand jury, and Smollett was later charged with filing a false police report about the attack.

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Geragos did not immediately return Fox News' requests for comment on the suit. According to the plaintiffs, Tina Gladian lied about the brothers wearing whiteface during the attack, having a sexual relationship with Jussie and their potential involvement in a Nigerian steroid trafficking scheme.

'Mr. Smollett's motivation was simple.

They say that it was unfair for Smollett's attorneys to carry own maligning them publicly after the case had dropped because it served no legal function and was purely to ensure his name stayed in the spotlight. Chicago police and public officials were outraged and filed a $130,000 lawsuit against him for the cost of the investigation.

But cops discovered more holes in Smollett's story than a warehouse full of Swiss cheese and determined that the hoax was initiated to get the actor more cash and a bigger stage on Empire.

The lawsuit alleges that, "Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose" and that his attorneys defamed the brothers in statements to the media.

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