Nigerian Brother’s Attorney Explains Why They Helped Smollett

Gloria Schmidt, the lawyer who is representing the two Nigerian brothers who took part in the fake Jussie Smollett hate crime claims Smollett “took advantage” of the two brothers.

The brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, aged 25 and 27, claim Smollett paid them to stage the fake attack as part of Jussie’s ridiculous plan to get a pay raise.

In an interview with Good Morning America Schmidt claimed the brothers agreed to help Smollett stage the attack because they thought he would help with their careers, the Daily Mail reports:

They were officially hired to train him, she said, but that Smollett also asked them to carry out the attack as a ‘favor.’

‘My clients were just taken advantage of by someone they trusted,’ she said.

Schmidt dismissed Smollett’s lawyers claims that it is only the brothers’ word against his and says there is ‘of course’ corroborating evidence that the attack was a hoax.

‘That’s why they went from being persons of interests to suspects. They are free men and they are at home,’ she said.

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— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 11, 2019

Jussie Smollett’s celebrity lawyer Mark Geragos says Jussie is the victim of a “media gangbang” and “media lynching”. Wait, Jussie went on Good Morning America. If lying, he subjected all of us to a gangbang and lynching. pic.twitter.com/Nb40RhQE8m

— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) March 9, 2019

Schmidt said on Monday that while he did hire the brothers to train him, they cannot be sure if the check was for that or for the alleged hoax attack.

‘They were paid for the training, they were training together, but they were also asked to do this favor for him. Unbeknownst to them, this turned out to be a big betrayal.’

Asked if the check was explicitly for the training and not, as police say, for the attack, Schmidt replied: ‘It would be such an easy narrative to see it that way but it’s a very complicated relationship.

‘If you’re friends and I’m saying, “Hey, I’m going to pay you for training but I’m also asking you to do me a favor” and the favor was to stage the attack,’ she said.

Schmidt would not explain exactly what the brothers’ motive was for participating but said they ‘trusted’ Smollett and thought he could help them.

LISTEN: @BillHemmer and @SandraSmithFox spoke with @GloriasLaw about the alleged Jussie Smollett hoax attack, Osundairo brother expressing regret #nine2noon pic.twitter.com/ntqaSdfKtA

— America’s Newsroom (@AmericaNewsroom) March 11, 2019

Nigerian Brothers in the Jussie Smollett Case Have Publicly Apologized https://t.co/olaaFfr9lq pic.twitter.com/FqepIToIeF

— The MPmania Media (@mp_maniac) March 3, 2019

Queen Latifah is standing by Jussie Smollett after his alleged attack hoax https://t.co/CFNbR7Vi6L pic.twitter.com/ccikXewWcj

— New York Post (@nypost) March 11, 2019

Finally:

Jussie Smollett is facing up to 4 years in prison. When he gets out of jail, Donald J. Trump will still be President.

— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) March 10, 2019

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