American-Nigerian brothers Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo who were involved in the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax have apologised for their part in the drama.

The American citizens who were accused by the Chicago Police of collecting money from Smollett to stage the alleged hate crime released a remorseful statement on Monday.

“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,” read the statement released by their attorney to CBS Chicago.

It will be recalled that Empire actor, Jussie Smollett had in January reported that he had been a victim of racist and homophobic attack in Chicago, telling police that his attackers wore red hats, attacked him with a chemical while hurling slurs at him.

However, after investigation, Chicago police came out to say Jussie Smollett paid Ola and Abel Osundairo $3,500 to fake the attack as evidence pointed to this direction.

Smollett was arrested and charged with felony. He was released on bail but has been axed from the final two episodes of the current season of Empire.

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