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Attorney for Brothers in Jussie Smollett Case: 'Empire' Star Took Advantage of Them

By TheBlast Staff

The lawyer for the Nigerian brothers caught up in the alleged Jussie Smollett attack hoax says the men trusted the "Empire" star but added they have evidence to back up their side of the story.

Attorney Gloria Schmidt appeared Monday morning on "Good Morning America" where she gave a little insight into how Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo worked with Smollett before the alleged attack.

"They worked with Jesse, they had known him, they were friends with him," Schmidt told George Stephanopoulos. "This was someone who the brothers thought could help their career. Obviously, Mr. Smollett has connections, he had a good position with Fox, so this was someone that they had trusted to consider their best interests."

She added that Smollett was "someone who was in a position of trust with my clients, who really just took advantage of them."

Schmidt said that Abel and Ola had evidence to back up their side of the story.


She explained the brothers were paid for personal training by Smollett, until he asked them for a favor.

Schmidt said, "It's unfortunately a very complicated relationship for them because if you are friends and I'm saying, 'Hey, I am going to pay you for training, I am also asking you to do me a favor,' ... and the favor was to stage the attack."

Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, released a statement on Friday saying, "Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption."

On Friday, Jussie Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct.

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