The attorney for Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola”told CBS Chicago that the pair feels “tremendous regret” for the entire fiasco. They also expressed remorse for how the incident has affected people in the country and victims of hate crimes.
They also apologized for the negative impact it may have had on people across the country, particularly for those who were victims of hate crimes.
The statement read:
“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.”
We previously reported, on January 29th at 2am ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett claimed he was attacked by two masked men who doused him with a chemical, placed a noose around his neck and called him racists and homophobic slurs.
Two men were brought in as suspects in the incident based on surveillance tape footage, and were released after accusing Jussie as paying them for the attack.
The case was further complicated when authorities learned Jussie worked with the brothers in the past as personal trainers and on the set of ‘Empire.’
Since Jussie was charged with filing a false police report and released on bond, prosecutors have claimed the actor staged the attack because he was upset with his salary.
Jussie’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said of the alleged motive, “Not only is that not true, they have video evidence that that’s not true. They didn’t talk to his lawyer, they didn’t talk to anybody at the production company, they didn’t talk to an agent. Nobody. I’ve done that. I know for a fact that’s untrue. That’s categorically untrue. That’s not the motivation, yet that was what was articulated as the motivation.”