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Attorney: Brothers regret role in alleged Smollett scheme

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CHICAGO (AP) — The attorney for two brothers accused of helping stage an attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett in downtown Chicago says the men regret their involvement.

Gloria Schmidt represents Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo. She told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the brothers agreed to help Smollett because of their friendship with him and the sense that he was helping them in their careers.

Schmidt says the brothers have come to realize how much the incident has negatively affected minorities and particularly victims of actual hate crimes.

Smollett is charged with lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men. He allegedly paid the Osundairo brothers $3,500 to help him stage the attack.

Smollett is expected to enter a plea on Thursday.

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Check out the AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case.

Attorney Gloria Schmidt poses for a portrait after a video interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. Schmidt is the attorney for Abimbola
Attorney Gloria Schmidt poses for a portrait after a video interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. Schmidt is the attorney for Abimbola
Attorney Gloria Schmidt poses for a portrait after a video interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. Schmidt is the attorney for Abimbola
Attorney Gloria Schmidt poses for a portrait after a video interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. Schmidt is the attorney for Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, two Nigerian brothers who told police that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at Leighton Criminal Court Building for a hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. A grand jury indicted Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago.(AP Photo/Matt Marton)
Attorney Gloria Schmidt poses for a portrait after a video interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. Schmidt is the attorney for Abimbola
Attorney Gloria Schmidt poses for a portrait after a video interview with The Associated Press Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Chicago. Schmidt is the attorney for Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, two Nigerian brothers who told police that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett paid them $3,500 to help stage an attack on himself in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)