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While we’re waiting for Jussie Smollett’s next court date on the 13th, the Nigerian brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo have issued a public apology for their behavior. A lawyer for the two spoke on CNN trying to repair what’s left of their reputation saying “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.”
To catch everyone up, they recently told a grand jury that the $3,500 check they were paid by Jussie Smollett was for 5 training sessions and meal prep. Even for a star on a sitcom, that’s quite a lot. And mind you, if they did nothing, what are they apologizing for? And were they buying rope, MAGA hats, etc. as party favors? They are on record making calls to Smollett both before AND after the attack but that’s going to all come out in the wash soon. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that there are a lot more details coming soon which we’re going to keep you updated on as they arrive.
Smollett was seen out to dinner Thursday night going to Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Thursday in a black SUV similar to what he arrivd to court in. He had a hoodie over his head going in and stayed for just an hour before leaving. He’s been keeping a low profile for obvious reasons. He hasn’t even been able to stay at his own apartment and has opted instead for a swanky hotel.
The LGBT community appears to be torn on whether or not they should support him or not. Love & Hip Hop: LA star Milan Christopher has given his opinion on this matter again saying that Smollett was a disgrace to gay black men. He says every gay black man will feel the consequences of his actions. And this isn’t the first time he called him out. Earlier in the week he did an Instagram post saying “let me tell y’all a little story about an evil jealous black gay man I once met.” He claimed that Smollett tried to block him from being on Empire likely so he could keep the title of being the only gay person on Empire. “This insecure jealous queen did everything in their power to keep me from expanding my brand and having a new platform that would empower my reach & expand my ‘Empire.'” He later deleted the post.
Christopher might have been on to something as there was a Billboard story from 2018 that just resurfaced where Smollett admitted to being close to his breaking point trying to live up to Hollywood’s expectations showing frustration over where he is in his 30s. “I admit that I’m jealous, I admit that I’m insecure and that I’m not good at certain things,” he stated. He went on to say “I’m in my 30s and I’m trying my best to learn that I can’t bend anymore,” he said. “I’m about to break.” If his career was hurting before, if it turns out that all of what we’ve been enduring for weeks with daily stories about his attack were in fact staged by him, he’s really going to have some career trouble.