The brothers, who Jussie Smollett allegedly paid to stage a “bogus” hate crime attack against him, have issued a public apology.

Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo’s lawyer released a statement to CBS Chicago Thursday, saying that the two guys felt “tremendous regret” for getting involved with the scenario.

They also apologized for the damaging effect it may perhaps have had on men and women across the nation, especially for these who have been victims of hate crimes.

“My clientele have tremendous regret more than their involvement in this scenario, and they have an understanding of how it has impacted men and women across the nation, especially minority communities and particularly these who have been victims of hate crimes themselves,” the statement study.

Abel and Ola Osundairo

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In the initial report about the alleged hate attack, Smollett claimed to police that he’d been physically attacked on the street in his downtown Chicago neighborhood about two a.m. regional time on Jan. 29 by two black-clad, masked guys who made use of racist and homophobic slurs, doused him with an “unknown chemical substance” and left him with a rope about his neck.

Abel and Ola — who have been observed on surveillance footage the evening of the incident and later questioned by police — have been arrested two weeks ago but have been ultimately released soon after telling them about the alleged hoax.

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An lawyer for the Osundairo brothers, Gloria Schmidt, previously told CBS Chicago that they knew Smollett from functioning on Empire and go to the very same health club on occasion.

Schmidt did not straight away respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Authorities think the actor paid the guys to stage a “bogus” hate crime attack against him to draw focus to himself simply because Smollett was dissatisfied with his salary — a claim he denies.