Chicago Police Arrest Two Brothers Linked to Jussie Smollett Case

Chicago police arrest two brothers for the possible hate crime involving "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and say the attack is not a hoax.


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Jussie Smollett- Two men are obtained in questioning and linked to the alleged attack of "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

Chicago police arrested two brothers for the possible hate crime involving “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. According to LA Times, they claim that the attack was not a hoax.

The men who identified as Nigerian brothers are potential suspects. Initially, they were part of people of interest in the attack, according to department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The two brothers were picked up at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday after returning to the city from Nigeria, the Associated Press reported.

Police served a search warrant at their home on Thursday and found that one of the men worked on “Empire.”

“Interrogations will resume today with the two individuals and their attorney,” Guglielmi said in a statement to LA Times.

There is a probability that the suspects maybe involved in the alleged crime. Detectives are currently working to validate these allegations. As of now, the two men have not been placed under arrest.

Jussie Smollet appears to be the victim in this case and Guglielmi again denied reports claiming that the attack was a hoax.

“While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is no evidence to say that this is a hoax,” Guglielmi said.

Chicago police released an image of persons of interest and Smollett said it revealed the true attackers.

“I don’t have any doubt in my mind that that’s them,” Smollett said. “Never did.”

The actor and an openly gay LGBTQ advocate said he spoke up because “people need to hear the truth… I just want young people, young members of the LGBTQ community, young, black children, to know how strong they are,” Smollett said


Chicago police on Friday night released two persons of interest without charge. Those two suspects maybe involved with the alleged attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett.

“Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Chicago Police said in a tweet Friday night.

The two suspects have a relationship with Smollett, Chicago police said and pertaining that the attack may have been staged.

Chicago police had a 48- hour window to charge the alleged suspects, which ended Friday night.