Monday 20 May 2019

Jussie Smollett lawyers sued by brothers who say they helped stage attack

The Empire actor maintains he was the victim of a homophobic and racist attack but police say Smollett staged the incident.

Actor Jussie Smollett (Paul Beaty/AP)
Actor Jussie Smollett (Paul Beaty/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Two brothers who said they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself are suing the Empire actor’s lawyers for defamation.

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

It names Mark Geragos and his law firm as defendants.

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Lawyer Mark Geragos (Richard Vogel/AP)

The suit alleges that Mr Geragos and his firm continued to say publicly in widely reported statements that the brothers “led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr Smollett”, even though they knew that wasn’t true.

Police allege that Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage a January 29 attack in which he said two masked men beat him, hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, doused him with some sort of chemical substance and looped a rope around his neck.

Smollett, who is black and gay, maintains that the attack was not staged.

Press Association

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