The lawyer for the brothers connected with the Jussie Smollett case says her clients were “taken advantage” of by the “Empire” actor — and that there’s evidence to prove they’re telling the truth.
Gloria Schmidt, who represents Ola and Abel Osundairo, contended that the two men were betrayed by Smollett, who police say paid the brothers to carry out a staged attack on him in January.
“I really look at the dynamic between loyalty and someone who was in a position of trust with my clients who really just took advantage of them,” Schmidt said Monday on “Good Morning America.”
“They worked with Jussie,” she continued. “They’ve known him. They were friends with him. This was someone who the brothers thought could help their career. Obviously, Mr. Smollett had connections. He had a good position with Fox, so this was someone that they had trusted to consider their best interests.”
Smollett was arrested last month for allegedly orchestrating the attack. He was indicted on 16 counts by a grand jury last week.
Schmidt said Monday that Smollett gave the brothers $3,500 for a personal training program, but said it would be an “easy narrative” to say the the actor only paid for the training.
“It’s unfortunately a very complicated relationship for them, because if you’re friends, and I’m saying, ‘Hey, I’m going to pay you for training, I’m also asking you to do me a favor,’ ” she told host George Stephanopoulos.
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SOURCE: NY Daily News – Peter Sblendorio