‘Lawyer driven nonsense’ -- Jussie Smollett's attorneys call lawsuit 'ridiculous'

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CHICAGO -

Jussie Smollett's attorneys say a lawsuit accusing them of defaming two brothers who say they helped the "Empire" actor stage an attack against himself is "ridiculous."

Attorneys Mark Geragos and Tina Glandian say they initially thought the federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by lawyers for Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo was a parody and that they view it as "comical" and "lawyer driven nonsense."

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The brothers accuse Smollett's attorneys of defamation by continuing to assert they carried out a real and bigoted attack against Smollett -- despite knowing that's not true.

Geragos and Glandian say they think the lawsuit will be dismissed because it "lacks any legal footing."

They also say they "look forward to exposing the fraud the Osundairo brothers and their attorneys have committed on the public."

Police allege Smollett paid the brothers to help him stage the Jan. 29 attack in downtown Chicago.

Smollett maintains he was really attacked.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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