Jussie Smollett paid the brothers accused of helping him stage a hate crime $3500 (£2,600) for a nutrition and fitness program, according to the cheque which has been released.
However, Ola and Abel Osundairo’s attorney, Gloria Schmidt, appeared on Good Morning America on Monday and claimed that although the brothers were helping Jussie to get fit for an upcoming music video, the payment was also a favour to stage the attack.
They were training together so they were paid for that, but they were also asked to do this favour for them, unbeknownst to them, as it turned out to be a big betrayal for them,’ she said.
It would be such an easy narrative to see it that way, but it’s unfortunately a complicated relationship,’ she added when asked if the payment was purely for the training and not the attack. If you’re friends and you’re saying hey I want to pay you for training but I am also asking you to do me a favour and the favour was to stage the attack.
She later clarified her comments in a statement and said that to say the check for $3,500 was just for the incident is not a full representation of what transpired.
My clients had an agreement to provide personal training services to Mr. Smollett. To say the check was also intended for a favor beyond the training is an accurate statement.