The brothers, who Jussie Smollett allegedly paid to stage a hate crime attack against him, have issued a public apology through their attorney.
The 36-year-old was charged with felony disorderly conduct, a charge that could bring up to three years in prison and force the actor to pay for the cost of the investigation into his report of a 29 January beating.
Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo released a statement to CBS Chicago Thursday, saying that they felt “tremendous regret” for being involved with the situation.
The Osundairo brothers were originally considered suspects in the early-morning beating Smollett told police he suffered in a downtown Chicago neighborhood on Jan. 29.
Smollett told police his attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referred to “MAGA,” President Trump’s political slogan, Make America Great Again.
The brothers were arrested on Feb. 15, detained and interrogated for nearly 48 hours, and finally told police that Smollett had paid them to stage the attack. Police released them without charges.
Source: BBC NEWS