Brothers Claim Smollett ‘Directed Every Aspect’ of Hate-Crime Hoax in New Defamation Suit

Written by Jack Crowe | Source: LegalInsurrection | April 23, 2019 04:25 PM

The two Nigerian brothers who claim to have helped Jussie Smollett perpetrate a fake hate crime earlier this year said Smollett “directed every aspect of the attack” in a defamation suit filed Tuesday against the Empire actor’s attorneys.

Smollett was indicted by a grand jury on 16 charges related to the alleged hoax after the brothers, who worked with him on Empire, told police he hired them to throw a chemical substance on him and place a noose around his neck. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office subsequently dropped all the charges without requiring that Smollett admit guilt in a decision that was widely condemned by the Chicago Police Department and the mayor’s office.

“Mr. Smollett’s motivation was simple. He wanted his employer and the public to notice and appreciate him as a successful Black, openly gay actor. So, Mr. Smollett directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court on Tuesday.

Attorneys representing the Osundairo brothers claim in the suit that Smollett’s attorneys defamed their clients by maintaining his innocence and repeatedly stating publicly that the brothers genuinely attacked him after evidence to the contrary emerged.

“Mr. Smollett’s attorneys, faced with an outraged public, did not retreat after their success,” the suit reads. “Instead they doubled down, not simply affirming that Mr. Smollett was a wholly innocent victim, but that (among other accusations) Plaintiffs unequivocally led a criminally homophobic, racist, and violent attack against Mr. Smollett. Defendants made these comments knowing they were untrue to distract from Mr. Smollett’s farce and to promote themselves and the Geragos & Geragos Law Firm.”

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