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Empire star Jussie Smollett denies he paid two Nigerian brothers $3,500 to attack him

Empire star Jussie Smollett has furiously denied paying two Nigerian brothers: Abimbola 'Abel'nand Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo $3,500 to attack him and says he is 'angered and devastated' after investigators in Chicago claimed he orchestrated his own assault.
Empire star Jussie Smollett (above) has hired Michael Cohen's high-powered criminal defense attorney, as the police investigation into the attack he reported last month took a sudden shift
Smollett’s attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, told Entertainment Weekly: 'As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.
'He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.' His lawyers now say that one of men was Smollett’s personal trainer for a music video.
They added: 'One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video.
Abimbola 'Abel' (left) and Olabinjo 'Ola' Osundairo (right) were arrested on Wednesday night at Chicago O¿Hare airport, as they returned from a trip to visit family in Nigeria

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