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The Osundairo Bros. From Jussie Smollet's 'Hate Crime' Hoax Hope Actor Will 'Finally Tell the Truth'

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By Zachary Holt

Jussie Smollett's name was back in the headlines last week following the City of Chicago's decision to push forward with six additional charges stemming from the 'hate crime' hoax that was put on by the former Empire star last year.

Initially, his name was cleared, but according to recent reports, the prosecutors didn't agree that the case was handled with the same precedent previous trials with a similar nature were and thus, reopened it. And while Smollett has been mum regarding the pending trial, the two Osundairo brothers who were involved, have spoken out to TMZ, providing their thoughts.

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Osundairo Brothers Field Questions From TMZ Photgrapher While Taking Stroll

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The Osundairo brothers were simply taking a stroll around the streets of Chicago when a photographer from TMZ came up to them to get some snapshots. Interestingly enough, the brothers didn't shy away from the attention or the questions for that matter, taking time to answer each of them.

At one point, the photographer asked about the infamous hoax itself, and the ostracized actor that is at the center of the charges, to which the brothers gave their opinion, certainly not mincing their words, to say the least.

'We're Actually Praying for Jussie. We're Praying That He Builds up the Courage to Finally Tell the Truth'

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"We’re actually praying for Jussie. We’re praying that he builds up the courage to finally tell the truth," they initially said. And considering that both of the brothers were a part of the ordeal, they wanted to ensure that the public knew that each of them was remorseful for the ploy.

"Obviously, we just feel remorseful for being involved in the situation, and causing so many people pain. It takes away attention from actual, real situations that happen. Hate crimes, and people being hurt. Right now, we’re just focused on the positives, focused on the future," they said.

Brothers Decline to Comment on Being Asked By Prosecutors to Testify Against Smollett in Court

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The two brothers are expected to testify against Smollett in the trial, at least according to reports. Prosecutors approached them and asked if they'd be willing to testify, to which they both obliged. It's unknown if there was any plea bargain involved.

When the Osundairo brothers were asked about their decision to testify in court, it appears that they had already received some legal advice and declined to comment on the ongoing investigation and pending litigation. "That, uh… We’ll save that for court. We’ll save it for court. If they call us to [testify in court], we’ll do what needs to be done. Our position has never changed," they said.

Legal Representation for Osundairo Brothers Releases Formal Statement

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Just this past week, Special Prosecutor Dan Webb released a statement on the desire to pursue Smollett for six additional charges, almost a year after the initial charges were filed.

"Further prosecution of Jussie Smollett is in the interest of justice," Webb said. In response, the Osundairo brothers had their lawyers release a personal statement of themselves.

"The Osundairo brothers are aware of the new charges brought against Jussie Smollett today by the grand jury," it read. "As stated before, they are fully committed to the public knowing the truth about what occurred on January 29, 2019. The Osundairo brothers will continue to cooperate with that process and they thank the Special Prosecutor’s office for their tireless work in seeing that justice was administered."

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