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Jussie Smollett's Alleged Accomplices Ask Him To 'Tell The Truth'

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By Tara Lloyd

Jussie Smollett's alleged accomplices, brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, have broken their silence about the new allegations that have been levelled at Smollett.

The two spoke to TMZ reporters, stating that they were "actually praying for Jussie".

"We're praying that he builds up the courage to finally tell the truth," said one of the brothers.

Smollett, who formerly appeared on Empire, is facing six new charges of disorderly conduct, adding to his current charges of filing false police reports in 2019.

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In January 2019, Smollett made headlines around the world after he claimed he had been attacked by two men who shouted, "This is MAGA country."

He alleged that the two men assaulted him, poured an unknown liquid on his skin, and tied a noose around his neck.

Smollett received support from fans and fellow celebrities alike after news broke about the alleged attack. However, less than a month later, Smollett was charged with a class 4 felony for filing a false police report.

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Although that particular charge against Smollett was dropped, he eventually was indicted for six counts pertaining to making four false police reports.

The Osundairo brothers have been crucial to the prosecution's case, as they have previously detailed Smollett's alleged scheme to police, claiming Smollett paid them $3,500 to stage the attack. They met Smollett when one of them played a stand-in for his character's love interest on Empire.

When speaking to reporters, they also said they regretted being involved in a case that hurt so many people.

"Honestly, we just feel remorseful for being involved in a situation that caused so many people pain," they said. "It takes away the attention from actual real situations that happen, like hate crimes and people being hurt. That's all. Right now, we're just focused on the positive, focused on the future."

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The brothers also deflected questions about the alleged attack, saying "We'll save that for court."

"If they call us to [testify], we'll do what needs to be done," they confirmed. "Our position hasn't changed."

They previously went on the record to state that they were "fully committed to the public knowing the truth."

The pair were interviewed as they were walking with the lawyer, Chicago defense attorney Gloria Schmidt. Schmidt has stated, "This is the end of the beginning for them, they know there’s a long road ahead and there’s a lot of things that need to happen before a jury or judge finds they’re truthful,”

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Schmidt also said, “They have no real skin in the game, they just know their role is, to be honest and tell the truth about what happened.”

Describing the brothers as "very even-keeled," she stated that “vindication will come at the end when there’s a total resolution.”

“Whatever shape that takes, whether it’s him fessing up, I think calling him a liar is not in their code, they wouldn’t want to make such a bold statement. They just know he’s not being in accord with the facts.”

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