Empire star Jussie Smollett has furiously denied paying two Nigerian brothers three thousand, five hundred dollars to attack him and says he is ‘angered and devastated’ after investigators in Chicago claimed he orchestrated his own assault.
His attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, told newsmen that as a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.
They said he has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack.
One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer for a music video, and the lawyers said it is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.
Police had questioned the two brothers, Ola and Abel Osundairo, last week but the pair were released on Friday and are said to be still co-operating with the investigation.