Los Angeles Times

Smollett’s attorneys face lawsuit

- — Nardine Saad

The two brothers linked to an alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett are suing Smollett’s attorneys for defamation and casting the brothers in a false light.

In a federal lawsuit filed in Chicago on Tuesday, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo accused defense attorney Mark Geragos, his law firm and attorney Tina Glandian of continuing to state publicly that the brothers “led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett.”

The brothers have said they were hired by Smollett to carry out the attack; hoax-related charges against the actor have since been dropped. The lawsuit says the attorneys’ public statements falsely indicate that the brothers carried out a hate crime, perjured themselves and conspired to make false statements to Chicago police.

They are seeking unspecifie­d damages and a trial by jury. Geragos and Glandian, in a joint statement, called the lawsuit as “comical.”

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