Patricia Brown Holmes, Jussie Smollett’s lawyer, spoke to reporters on Tuesday morning following information that each one prices towards the Empire star had been dropped.
After thanking the state’s lawyer and the folks of Chicago, Holmes flipped the script and instructed an investigation be opened into the two brothers beforehand related to the alleged January assault on Smollett.
Whereas talking at a press convention after an emergency listening to, Holmes mentioned, “The Osundairo brothers mentioned greater than as soon as that the $3,500 examine they acquired was for precisely what Jussie mentioned. It was for vitamin and coaching. They have been his trainers.”
She continued, “The 2 males who attacked him [Smollett] have indicated that they attacked him, so we already know who attacked him.”
Holmes was clear that she wished for the 2 males to have their due course of within the courtroom of legislation: “We don’t need to attempt them within the press any greater than [Smollett] wished to be tried within the press,” she mentioned.
Brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who’re Black and of Nigerian descent, have been detained as suspects within the reported hate crime assault and interrogated by police on February 13. They have been launched with out prices the subsequent day.
The Chicago Police Division launched a assertion following their launch, with spokesman Anthony Guglielmi saying on the time, “Attributable to new proof on account of in the present day’s interrogations, the people questioned by police within the Empire case have now been launched with out charging and detectives have further investigative work to finish.”
Gloria Schmidt, authorized counsel for the 2 brothers, mentioned they expressed “remorse” over the complete incident. “My shoppers have great remorse over their involvement on this state of affairs, they usually perceive the way it has impacted folks throughout the nation, notably minority communities and particularly those that have been victims of hate crimes themselves,” Schmidt mentioned to CNN.com.
Former extras on Fox’s Empire, the brothers have been named as suspects after Smollett advised authorities he was bodily assaulted by two males who used racist and homophobic slurs throughout their assault.
The 2 males have been captured on surveillance video within the space the place Smollett claimed he was attacked. Police reportedly uncovered a black face masks, an Empire script and bleach after they searched the house of the 2 males. They have been apprehended at Chicago’s O’Hare Worldwide Airport as they have been coming back from a visit to Nigeria, CBS reviews.
Presently, it’s not clear whether or not or not the Illinois State’s Lawyer or Chicago Police Division will proceed to analyze the Osundairo brothers.