The Nigerian brothers accused of being hired to stage a hate attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett say they ‘regret their involvement’.
Abel, 25, and Ola Osundairo, 27, released a statement through their lawyer late Thursday in which they apologized to minorities and real victims of hate crimes.
It 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.’
Chicago police and prosecutors have accused Smollett of paying the actor brothers $3,500 in the form of a personal check to beat him up in the Streeterville neighborhood near his apartment on January 29.
Smollett claimed attackers randomly beat him up, racially abused him, tied a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.
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