Two brothers, who had formally accused “Empire” star Jussie Smollett of paying them to “stage the attack” against him, are now suing the actor’s legal team for defamation.
Ola and Abel Osundairo filed a federal defamation lawsuit against Smollett’s legal team, listing Mark Geragos, his law firm and Tina Glandian.
The lawsuit claims that Smollett, 36, paid them a sum of money to stage the attack [against Smollett] to benefit himself and directed every aspect of the attack, including the location and the noose.
Jussie, who is black and gay, claims a pair of bigots spewed racial and homophobic vitriol while dousing him with bleach and roping a noose around his neck in Chicago on Jan. 29.
But the actor’s tale fell apart when the Chicago police determined he paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack in order to drum up sympathy and a fatter paycheck for himself.
Though charges accusing him of setting up the attack as a hoax were dropped, the city of Chicago has filed a civil complaint against him for refusing to reimburse them for $130,000 overtime payments to police officers who investigated his alleged hate crime hoax.
By Damilola Faustino