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Lawyers representing Juicy Smolet in his fake hate crime case, he filed a vicious complaint in response to a defamation lawsuit filed by Abimbola and Olabinjo Asundaira – two brothers who testified that they were involved in a heinous hoax – claiming that one defense lawyer slandered the couple when she suggested that they were dressed in a “white face” during the tests.
Tina Glandian commented on the show “Today” on NBC in March 2019, shortly after Cook County Attorney announced he was dropping the charges, accusing Smolet of lying to police about the incident two months earlier, and in those remarks, Glandian said. who are originally from Nigeria and blacks, could “apply makeup” to disguise their color.
A Chicago judge paved the way for a defamation lawsuit against Glandian after ruling in favor of the Asundayr brothers’ claim that the counselor’s comments could be considered defamatory and argued that the remarks were a clear attempt by the lawyer to “dispel inconsistencies in Smollett’s story.” had fair skin) and reinforce her assertion that the plaintiffs (who were not fair-skinned) were Smollett’s attackers. “
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“Taken in context, Glandian claimed the plaintiffs were involved in the attack on racial grounds,” U.S. District Judge Mary Rowland wrote in a ruling released Friday. “The explanation that the attackers were white, in context, adds the implication that the attack was a hate crime.”
Gloria Rodriguez, the brothers’ lawyer, did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment on what she said in a counter-indictment filed by Glandian, Geragos & Geragos (G&G), but said the Chicago Tribune that her clients “are looking forward to their day in court and will continue to defend themselves against other defamatory remarks”.
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Meanwhile, in a complaint filed Thursday and received by Fox News Digital on Friday, G&G along with firm attorney Mark Geragos were adamant that all claims by the Asundayr brothers and their team of attorneys, including Rodriguez, Jorge Rodriguez, Gregory Koulis and James D. Tunic “were immediately dismissed when it became clear that a lawsuit against them had been filed without any legal or factual basis.”
They also insisted that in early 2019, the Asundira brothers “confessed to assaulting actor Jucy Smolet, but said it was a hoax. In March 2019, charges were brought and dropped against Mr. Smolet.”
“In April 2019, seeking to monetize the newly discovered disgrace of the Asundairo brothers and bring themselves into the spotlight, defendants filed a federal lawsuit in Northern Illinois County against attorneys and a law firm representing Mr. Smolet,” Geragas said in a complaint. “Immediately after filing the frivolous lawsuit, the defendants brazenly held a press conference to draw the country’s attention to their baseless claims.”
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Smollett is not named as a plaintiff in the indictment.
A statement in response to the Asundair brothers’ defamation suit goes on to say that, although they strongly denied that they were involved in the “attack on Mr. Smolet”, the couple’s brothers “at the 47th hour in custody (at or near the time when the police were either to charge or release them) suddenly confessed to attacking Mr. Smolet, but claimed they did so as part of a hoax organized by Mr. Smolet.
The complaint adds that, given the fact that the Asundair brothers were considered “star witnesses” of the state in Smolet’s high-profile prosecution, Rodriguez then used the spotlight to further create a hiding place for herself by holding a press conference “at which she attacked Mr. Smolet’s authority. inappropriately expressed his guilt, and tried to capture the moral heights, saying, among other things: “I think that Juicy Smollett should find out [sic] because the truth is to set him free, ”and“ I think Jussie’s conscience probably won’t let him fall asleep right now, so I think he should unburden that conscience and just go out and tell the American people what really happened. ”
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The complaint alleges that Rodriguez’s remarks about Smolet and his case “were a clear violation of the rules of professional conduct,” and pointed to numerous appearances on television in programs such as “Good Morning America,” “Anderson Cooper,” and CBS News. “And” Access “, repeatedly stating that Mr. Smollett abused his power and took advantage of his clients by asking them to take part in the hoax.”
Glandian filed a vicious lawsuit against the brothers on Thursday, arguing that the lawsuit was “a publicity stunt by a lawyer aimed at trying to keep the Asundayr brothers relevant.”
“We are confident that the only allegation that reflects Ms. Glandian’s opinion will be dismissed over time,” her lawyer, Brendan Healy, said in a statement.
The ruling is the last legal turn in history that has been overwhelmed by them. It all started with the search for the perpetrators, which turned into an investigation into Smolet and the accusation of a criminal offense against the actor allegedly lying to police. Authorities said he hired the brothers for a fake attack.
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Last week, three months after a jury found him guilty of aggravated hooliganism, a judge sentenced the actor to 150 days in jail. On Wednesday, Smolett was sentenced six days later when an appeals court ruled to release him from custody pending an appeal against his conviction and sentence.
In a statement from Fox News Digital a few hours after Smolett’s sentencing, Rodriguez said: “The Asundira brothers did not advocate a specific sentence, they worshiped the wisdom and experience of Dan Webb and his team, including Sam Mendenhall and Sean Weiber, to bring Smolet’s case to final completion ”.
“Dear Judge Lynn, the Asundayr brothers have nothing to do with Mr. Smolet’s crime, and for those who continue to say otherwise, they simply do not understand the laws and facts of the case,” she added.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.