Newest Legal Front In Jussie Smollett Case: Suit By Chicago Brothers

Nancy Harty
April 23, 2019 - 3:29 pm
Actor Jussie Smollett talks to the media before leaving Cook County Court after his charges were dropped, Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Chicago.

AP Photo/Paul Beaty

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Jussie Smollett case is heading to federal court, after the brothers who say they helped stage the attack on the “Empire” actor are suing Smollett’s attorneys for defamation. 

In the 16-page suit, Ola and Bola Osundairo say they've lost career opportunities since Smollett's lawyers have repeatedly claimed they did actually attack the actor, despite widespread doubts. 

Attorney Gregory Kulis says the brothers are native Chicagoans and "what has happened to them is a continuation of an attack on all of us who live in this city.”

Attorney Gloria Schmidt said the brothers regret taking part in what she calls a publicity stunt set up by a friend who betrayed their trust.

Smollett's attorneys call the suit “comical” and said it's a desperate attempt by the brothers to further profit from an attack they admit they perpetuated. 

Tina Glandin and Mark Garagos speculate the suit will be dismissed soon because they say it lacks legal footing.

This is the latest court fight stemming from what the actor says was a racist and homophobic attack on Jan. 29. The gay African American maintains two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats struck him, put a noose around his neck and threw a substance on him that may have been bleach – all while saying racist, homophobic things.

The city of Chicago is suing Smollett for the costs of the investigation and the county inspector general is reviewing prosecutors' decision to drop charges against him.