That $3,500 Smollett paid them must have dried up pretty fast!
The Nigerian brothers in the center of the Jussie Smollett drama have been forced to eat at a “food pantry” because after the scandal broke they can’t find work. However they are still ready to testify against the former ‘Empire’ star if the case makes it to trial according to The New York Post.
Lawyer, Gloria Schmidt via NY Post:
“It’s been really hard for them, they’ve tried to kind of jump back into the life they had [and] they couldn’t. They were getting 4 to 5 auditions a month before, that’s completely dried up. Their talent agent dropped them… they’re eating at the food pantry. It’s not going well for them.”
Abel and Ola Osundairo got put under the spotlight last year after being arrested in connection with Smollett’s alleged hate crime, but soon released after corporating with police telling them Smollett
paid them $3,500 to stage the attack.
Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo are said to be the primary witnesses in the Chicago Police Department’s disorderly conduct case against Smollett and have the cell phone records and surveillance cameras to prove their story.
Schmidt said the brothers found out that Smollett had been indicted on six counts of felony disorderly conduct late Tuesday at the same time the world did, but won’t rest until the world knows they’ve been telling the truth all this time.
Lawyer, Gloria Schmidt via NY Post:
“This is the end of the beginning for them, they know there’s a long road ahead and there’s a lot of things that need to happen before a jury or judge finds they’re truthful. They have no real skin in the game, they just know their role is to be honest and tell the truth about what happened.”
She then goes on in the article describing the brothers as “very even-keeled” and that “vindication will come at the end when there’s a total resolution.”
“Whatever shape that takes, whether it’s him fessing up, I think calling him a liar is not in their code, they wouldn’t want to make such a bold statement they just know he’s not being in accord with the facts. They know what happened, they know what he did, he’s making it up to be something that’s not accurate.”
The brothers met Smollett while hired as extras on the hit Fox show, they were personal trainers and aspiring actors before their lives were shattered by the scandal, according to Schmidt.
“People that had been making appointments for personal training ended up being reporters who were just trying to talk to them. There’s some days where [the food pantry] is all they have.”
Schmidt says she’s not representing the brothers pro-bono but “it feels like it.” She actually charges $450 an hour,
“It’s more like deferred compensation. If you were to ask any of my clients I’m very laissez faire, it’s kind of like pay me when you can, I know some of these cases get out of control.”
And to make matters worse for the brothers, they also have “three heavy, heavy lawsuits,” to worry about which includes a defamation case they filed against Tina Glandian, Smollett’s lawyer, for saying they were liars on a radio show and on “Good Morning America,” according to Schmidt.
Glandian maintains Smollett is telling the truth about the attack and said Ola, the oldest of the two, put Abel up to beat down the actor before a trip to Nigeria as a “test” to prove he wasn’t gay.
Via NY Post:
Abel had previously purchased drugs for Smollett and had slept over at his home, according to court records reviewed by The Post.
The lawsuit against Smollett’s lawyer, Glandian falsely claims the brothers were trafficking illegal steroids from Nigeria and the $3,500 Smollett paid the brothers them was for the get fit quick pills, not for setting up a hate crime.
Smollett is due in court on Feb. 24.
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