Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were arrested last month for battery in the alleged attack of Jussie Smollett. Days later, the Nigerian brothers were released after claiming Smollett paid them to stage a hate crime near his home in Chicago.
The Osundarios are now apologizing for their role in the incident, releasing a statement through their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, to CBS Chicago.
“My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves.”
Smollett, who is Black and openly gay, claimed two men attacked him in the early hours on Jan. 29 in Chicago after he went to get a late-night meal. He said they hurled racist and homophobic slurs at him, placed a noose around his neck and poured a chemical, which was speculated to be bleach, on him. He has since been arrested for filing a false police report and is currently out on bail.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.