Jussie Smollett former attack suspects break silence after arrest

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Jussie Smollett former attack suspects break silence after arrest



Jussie reported the attack earlier this month (Picture: Fox/Getty)The two men accused of attacking Empire actor Jussie Smollett have spoken out for the first time since their arrest.
Ola and Abel Osundairo, who are brothers from Nigeria, were arrested last week to be questioned in relation to the battery but released without charge.
Jussie, 36, reported he had been beaten up in Chicago by two thugs who shouted ‘this is MAGA country’ and other homophobic slurs.
Speaking out for the first time since they were released from police custody, the brothers told CBS 2 in a joint statement: ‘We are not racist.
‘We are not homophobic, and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens.’

The actor is still cooperating with the Chicago Police Department (Picture: Rex Features)It comes just as Jussie’s reps told Deadline that the TV actor has no plans to meet with police today amid reports the Chicago Police Department want to question him further to establish exactly what happened during the attack.
The spokesperson told the publication: ‘There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today. Any news reports suggesting otherwise are inaccurate.
‘Smollett’s attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf. We have no further comment today.’
Jussie has been forced to deny rumours that he ‘orchestrated’ the attack amid mounting speculation he may not be telling the truth about the incident.
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Slamming the rumours, the actor’s lawyers said in a statement: ‘Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.
‘It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity.’

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