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Lawyer in Jussie Smollett case seeks Chrissy Teigen’s advice on handling ‘positive and negative publicity’

Gloria Schmidt, who represents the Osundairo brothers, sought guidance from a Hollywood expert on navigating Twitter.

Attorney Gloria Schmidt (from left) Joycelyn Savage, Azriel Clary and another attorney walk into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse for R. Kelly’s arraignment and detention hearing in July.
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Stranger than fiction?

Sneed hears Chicago attorney Gloria Schmidt, who represents the two Osundairo brothers mentioned in actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged “racial assault” case — which ultimately placed Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on the political hot seat — is now seeking advice from one of Foxx’s Hollywood friends on how to handle publicity.

  • Translation: Sneed spotted a tweet Schmidt dispatched Wednesday to famous model /Twitter queen Chrissy Teigen, who is married to singer John Legend, who just endorsed Foxx for reelection.
  • To wit: Sneed is told Foxx knows the Legends via the Hollywood fundraising circuit and the Time’s Up movement.

Schmidt tweeted:

“Hi Chrissy, I’m new to Twitter but I’ve been a fan of yours for years. Even saw your hubby live when he opened for other artists. I’m the attorney on the Jussie Smollett case, for the brothers. I could use your advice on something!”

What advice? How to handle publicity since attracting big-name clients?

“I’m new to social media and my entire law practice is and was built on referrals and word of mouth,” Schmidt told Sneed.

“I’ve spent zero dollars on advertisement,” she said. “I’m new to this kind of publicity. I just wanted to ask her advice on how to handle positive and negative publicity.

“I had no idea they are friends. That’s cool. I harbor no ill will. It’s OK who he (Legend) endorses. It’s all good.”

By the way, Schmidt tells Sneed she now only represents Azriel Clary no longer Joycelyn Savage — one of alleged sexual assault offender/singer R. Kelly’s two girlfriends he once shared an apartment with at Trump Tower.