The two brothers involved in the alleged attempt to hoax against the actor of "the Empire," Jussie Smollett, express themselves, claiming through the intermediary of their lawyer, that they deeply regret the incident.
"My clients deeply regret having been involved in this situation and they understand the impact it has had on the country's population, in particular minorities and in particular the victims of hate-motivated crimes", said lawyer Gloria Schmidt in a statement CBS 2.
Schmidt could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Abindola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo were, briefly, suspects of the Jan. 29 attack that Smollett described as racist and homophobic. Investigators say it was actually a hoax intended to generate advertising for the "Empire" actor, who was seeking a higher salary.
Cook County attorneys accused Smollett of disorderly conduct, a charge of false police reporting.
Prosecutors said Smollett had asked for help from the brothers, one of whom had worked with the actor and had played a leading role in "Empire". Smollett then sent a check for $ 3,500 to one of the brothers, according to the prosecutor.
The two brothers were arrested and released without charge.
CHRONOLOGY: The attack and the investigation of Jussie Smollett