The brothers allegedly paid by US actor Jussie Smollett to attack him as part of a hoax have spoken of their ‘tremendous regret’ over their actions.
Speaking via a lawyer, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo said the incident had ‘impacted people across the nation.’
Their comments come in the same week as Smollett was released on bail after being arrested and charged with a felony for filing a false report to police.
‘My clients have tremendous regret’
Acting on behalf of the brothers, lawyer Gloria Schmidt said in a statement to The Wrap: ‘My clients have tremendous regret over their involvement in this situation.’
She furthermore continued: ‘They understand how it has impacted people across the nation, particularly minority communities and especially those who have been victims of hate crimes themselves.’
Smollett initially claimed two unknown men had physically attacked him on the morning of 22 January in Chicago.
He furthermore added that they directed homophobic and racist slurs at him. He also claimed they poured bleach on him and hung a noose around his neck.
His story made global headlines, and lead to an outpouring of support for the star.
However, since his arrest, public opinion has turned. Furthermore, Fox dropped Smollett from the last two episodes of the latest season of Empire.
Empire creators later commented: ‘The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us.’
Smollett has also acted in movies such as The Skinny and Marshall. Olabinjo is reported to have been an extra on Empire in 2015.