(AllHipHop News) The brothers who allegedly helped Jussie Smollett stage an attack have issued an apology.
Last month, Jussie was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report amid claims that he had orchestrated a fake hate crime, with the incident reportedly taking place outside his Chicago apartment on January 29.
Police officials have alleged Smollett paid Nigerian-American brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 to help him pull off the hoax in the hope it would boost his career and salary, with the siblings speaking out via their attorney over the incident.
"My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation, and they understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves," Gloria Schmidt told CBS Chicago in a statement.
A day prior to the alleged attack, surveillance video showed the brothers buying a red hat and ski masks in a store.
Smollett originally told police that he had been attacked by two men in ski masks who used racial and homophobic slurs, and stated, "This is MAGA country," referencing U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign slogan Make America Great Again.
In another statement, he also alleged that the two suspects then "poured an unknown liquid" on him and put a noose around his neck.
Smollett, 36, maintains his innocence in relation to the incident. He is currently free on $100,000 bail and is due back in court on 14 March.