The Osundairo brothers just may be the dumbest alleged criminals on the planet. They admitted to attacking Jussie Smollett but claimed that the “Empire” actor was the mastermind. Now they are suing his lawyers for “defamation” because they lost business opportunities.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the lawsuit from Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo alleges in part that Smollett’s attorneys “doubled down, not simply affirming that Mr. Smollett was a wholly innocent victim, but that … (the brothers) unequivocally led a criminally homophobic, racist, and violent attack.”
The brothers’ lawsuit also complained that Smollett’s Los Angeles-based celebrity attorney Mark Geragos made them “feel unsafe and alienated in their local Chicago community.”
It was reported Monday that sources close to the brothers who go by Abel and Ola claim they have not been able to land an agent since the Smollett case went public.
Originally, their fitness training business was skyrocketing but “many of their potential clients turned out to be feigning interest in getting in shape and were really looking to get details on Jussie’s case.”
It also wasn’t helping that other damning information about the brothers has surfaced. For example, it was reported that Olabinjo Osundairo was charged with attempted murder in 2011. He reportedly reached a plea deal “with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery; he was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay a $674 fine.”
As for Smollett, his career has also taken a hit. He is no longer being considered to play the lead role in the Broadway revival of “Take Me Out,” which is about a mixed-race baseball player. There have also been several reports that this will be his final season acting on “Empire.”
On Jan. 29, while walking to a subway, Smollett claimed two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
The city of Chicago is now suing Smollett for a half a million dollars. Kim Foxx, the Cook County State Attorney, has been attacked by the Chicago Police and is calling for a probe into the 16 felony counts being dropped. She has also said she is receiving death threats.
Smollett has maintained his innocence.