Abel and Ola Osundairo, who were arrested by the police last month and questioned as suspects before being released and reportedly treated as witnesses, gave a statement through their attorney to entertainment publication TheWrap. Their attorney Gloria Schmidt, said on behalf of her clients that they regret about the incident that impacted the whole nation, especially racial and sexual minorities. Smollett was arrested by Chicago police and charged with filing a false police report last month after alleging that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in January. Smollett faces up to three years in prison and $25,000 in fines if found guilty of arranging what Police Chief Eddie T. Johnson, who is a man of color himself, called a “hoax”. In a statement released on February 21 after his arrest, Smollett continued to insist that he was innocent and the American legal system had betrayed him.