Jussie Smollett Lawyers have said the actor has denied paying 2 Nigerian brothers Abimbola Abel and Olabinjo Ola Osundairo who attack him last month.
This statement came after it was reported in news media that police believed the actor may have staged the attack, which reportedly happened on January 29th, on himself.
The brothers were arrested on February 13, 2019, in connection to the case. They were picked up at the airport in Chicago after they arrived from Nigeria where they had gone to spend some time with their family.
“Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,”
“He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
One of the brothers is Smollett’s personal trainer, and the lawyers said it was “impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity”.