“I consider my purchasers had been betrayed,” Gloria Schmidt mentioned on CNN’s “AC 360,” referring to brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. “It’s important to take a look at what sort of relationship they’d with Mr. Smollett. He is a star. That is someone who’s able of energy over my purchasers.”
She added: “We have seen plenty of tales within the information the place celebrities suppose they may be above the regulation. It is simply not the case.”
Mark Geragos, Smollett’s lawyer, spoke with Anderson Cooper on Friday and mentioned Smollett refused to signal a police grievance after the incident as a result of “he couldn’t consider it.”
“I have not’ seen one piece of proof they usually haven’t got one piece of proof that they’ve turned over that hyperlinks Jussie to this,” Geragos mentioned, referring to allegations that the assault was orchestrated.
The counts within the indictment obtained by CNN say Smollett gave statements to a Chicago police officer after the incident and to a detective. Particulars in a few of these statements had been completely different, the indictment says.
The indictment says Smollett instructed police he was attacked by two males who used racial and homophobic slurs throughout an encounter at 2 a.m.
After police detained the 2 brothers, who had been described as “individuals of curiosity” in mid-February, police sources revealed that authorities suspected Smollett knew the lads and had paid them $3,500 to stage the assault. The boys had been launched with out being charged.
Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an assault.
Schmidt, the lawyer for the brothers, mentioned her regulation agency did its personal investigation.
“We had been in a position to fish it out, if you’ll, and inform the commander there’s one thing that does not match with the narrative that had been put out by Mr. Smollett,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the brothers and Smollett met by means of a working relationship.
“They had been (health) trainers; they had been coaching him,” she mentioned.
She mentioned the youthful brother had identified Smollett “a pair years” earlier than this incident.
Schmidt sidestepped answering direct questions from Cooper in regards to the $3,500.
“The coaching … was one thing that was pre-discussed previous to January 29. It was cashed; it was deposited. … These are particulars that got here out with my purchasers totally cooperating with the police,” she mentioned.
When requested if the examine had something to do with the assault, Schmidt mentioned it is not a “clear-cut reply.”
“It’s important to take a look at they had been mates and the cash did embody providers for coaching, however it’s important to take a look at it throughout the context of ‘I am this star and also you’re somebody who I may also help and I want to pay you for one thing and oh, are you able to do me this favor.’ So was it for coaching? Was it not for coaching? I feel it is a bit of little bit of each,” she mentioned.
She mentioned her purchasers are remorseful for his or her position within the scenario they usually hope it opens dialogue for folks in minority communities and people who have suffered hate crimes.
“They really feel regretful that they put their belief within the unsuitable particular person,” she mentioned.
CNN’s Darran Simon contributed to this report.