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An attorney representing two brothers at the center of a probe into the 'assault' on Jussie Smollett said they received 'some money' from the Empire actor.
Gloria Schmidt spoke to reporters outside a Chicago courthouse where brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo met with a grand jury impaneled to investigate Smollett’s now-disputed claims that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
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Smollett, who is black and openly gay, has been charged with filing a false police report after claiming he had been attacked in what police believe was a hate hoax.
Abel and Ola Osundairo, whom police believe participated in staging the attack, testified before the grand jury for about two and a half hours, Schmidt said.
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Without providing details, she said the two men accepted money from Smollett and wanted to come clean.
She said they weren't motivated by any promises from prosecutors.
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She told reporters: 'There was a point where this story needed to be told, and they manned up and they said: "We're gonna correct this."
'Plea deal, immunity, all of that — they don't' care about that.'
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Earlier on Wednesday police announced that they were classifying Smollett as a 'suspect in a criminal investigation' and a grand jury was impaneled to hear evidence in the case.
Schmidt said: 'I think the biggest thing for the American public to understand is this story has a lot of complications.
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'We are not trying to hide anything from the press, we wanted to make sure everything checked out.
She added: 'My clients spent countless hours getting their stories out there to the police so they can do their work.
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She did not expect any charges to be filed against her clients, and said authorities did not offer them any deals or immunity.
'You don’t need immunity when you have the truth,' she said.
Schmidt said she didn't...
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