The two brothers involved in the alleged hoax involving Jussie Smollett are now saying they regret their involvement in the attack.
Gloria Schmidt, attorney for Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, released a new statement saying, “My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves.”
The new statement comes after a series of homophobic tweets on Ola’s account were deleted after The Blast revealed them.
In March of 2013, Ola Osundairo engaged in a Twitter conversation about R&B singer Frank Ocean. Ola tweeted at a friend, “Why you following Frank Ocean … you know that ni**a gay right.” That tweet has now been deleted (though his response to his friend’s reply remains).
Another tweet from a few months prior, which was not directed at anyone, read, “YOU’RE GAY THATS WHO YOU ARE.” That tweet has also been deleted.
The statements were of particular interest because when the brothers were first brought in for questioning, they were quick to release a statement saying, “We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.”
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