Despite allegations from prosecutors that Jussie Smollett had staged a hate crime hoax, his lawyer claimed that his client “is a real victim” of a “real crime.”

After prosecutor Dan Webb had argued that the former “Empire” star paid brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, a $3,500 check to help orchestrate a fraudulent attack, defense lawyer Nenye Uche objected, claiming the brothers attacked Smollett because they did not like him, adding that the brothers were unreliable, saying their story had changed and that the brothers “are going to lie to your face.”

On the other side, the brothers claim that money was for training around a music video that Smollett was slated to appear in.

Although both brothers will take the witness stand, it is still not clear whether Smollett will testify.

Jussie Smollett, aged 39, has been charged with six counts of disorderly conduct for making a false report to police and faces up to three years in prison.

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