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Jussie Smollett’s Lawyers Hit With Defamation Lawsuit by Osundairo Brothers

Abel “Bola” and Ola Osundairo, the brothers whom Chicago police claim carried out the alleged staged attack on Jussie Smollett, are suing the Empire star’s attorneys for defamation.

In the lawsuit, which was obtained by ET, Mark Geragos, his law firm, and Tina Glandian are being sued by the brothers, who claim the high-profile attorneys made “public defamatory statements against Plaintiffs, which were published broadly in Illinois by major news outlets such as the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and WGN Radio.” 

The lawsuit goes on to add that “these tortious statements involve a hoax conducted in Illinois and orchestrated by Mr. Smollett. Finally, and importantly, these statements also impacted the reputation of Plaintiffs, who are employed and live in Illinois.” 

According to the lawsuit that was filed on Tuesday, Glandian’s statements have caused “considerable damage to Plaintiffs’ careers, as they have lost talent agent contracts and career opportunities.” The lawsuit also alleges that Glandian’s statements have caused the brothers “irreparable financial damage.” 

Furthermore, the lawsuit alleges that Glandian’s statements indicating the brothers “actually criminally battered Mr. Smollett without his consent are patently false and defamatory, as Mr. Smollett originated, planned, and orchestrated the attack.” 

The lawsuit states that Glandian, during appearances on Good Morning America and Today, “falsely submitted that Plaintiffs may have been wearing ‘whiteface’ while attacking Mr. Smollett — again stating Plaintiffs battered Mr. Smollett and adding the implication that this battery was a hate crime.”

Additionally, the lawsuit says that, during a podcast appearance earlier this month, Glandian “inferred that Bola Osundairo and Mr. Smollett engaged, at least briefly, in homosexual acts together. These statements were made to the third-party press and public.”

“Bola Osundairo is heterosexual and was dating a woman at the time. Bola Osundairo has never engaged in any sexual acts with Mr. Smollett, thus Ms. Glandian’s statements are patently false,” the

Article source: https://www.etonline.com/jussie-smolletts-lawyers-hit-with-defamation-lawsuit-by-osundairo-brothers-123878

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