Chicago, IL – Aspiring actors Abel and Ola Osundairo are regretful for the function the performed in executing Jussie Smollett‘s alleged hate-crime assault in January, CBS News experiences.

Their legal professional Gloria Schmidt informed CBS they’re working to “to choose up the items of what this has carried out to their lives.”

“They didn’t know their loyalty to him can be betrayed,” Schmidt mentioned. “They discover themselves in a state of affairs the place they’re tremendously regretful.”

Smollett was indicted on Thursday (March 7) by the State Attorney’s Office on 16 felony counts. Chicago Police Department bought Smollett for disorderly conduct for allegedly mendacity to 2 separate law enforcement officials concerning the incident.

The brazenly homosexual actor informed investigators he was attacked as he was strolling residence round 2 a.m. on January 29. He claimed two, masked white males battered him whereas yelling out homophobic and racists slurs.

Following an investigation led by the CPD, it was found Jussie deliberate the melee as a result of he was reportedly sad about his Empire wage. Smollett allegedly directed the Osundairo brothers to buy the noose, MAGA hat, and masks at an Uptown ironmongery shop to make use of within the staged incident. It was additionally discovered Jussie paid them $3500 by examine to make it occur.

“They really feel tremendously regretful for his or her function on this, and their involvement within the state of affairs,” Schmidt mentioned. “The impression that this has had – not solely on them, however on minority populations – that weighs very closely on them.”

According to Schmidt, the Osundairo brothers hope to show this incident right into a constructive one.

The former Empire actor is at the moment free on bond and is about to be arraigned March 14.