Tip that Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Tip that Smollett, 2 brothers together in elevator

Police say they want to talk to Smollett again. As previously reported, the Chicago Police Department now believes Jussie paidOlaand Abel to orchestrate the attack on him last month.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that both men claimed that Smollett directed them to make the attack physical but not to seriously hurt him.

"I'm really disappointed in Jussie Smollett", Cardi B said in an Instagram video.

Police obtain and release images of two people they would like to question.

A representative for Smollett has yet to respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.


The director Ava DuVernay sent a tweet about Smollett as well and agreed with Cardi about Chicago police not having the best track record when it comes to having transparent investigations.

The Jussie Smollett case has been an emotional rollercoaster for anyone who's been paying attention.

Since then, after some accused the "Empire" actor of lying, two Nigerian brothers were arrested and released after they claimed Smollett staged the attack and paid them $3,500 each.

Smollett now is facing further questioning by the Chicago Police Department after two persons of interest (brothers from Nigeria, one of whom worked as a personal trainer on a music video of Smollett's) were released on Friday after additional interviews, and without being charged. The actor also says the men kicked him in the ribs, tied a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him.

Smollett identifies as gay and since 2015 has played the gay character of Jamal on the Fox TV drama "Empire".


Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi the police have not confirmed the person's story yet, but plan to interview them on Tuesday.

A police spokesman said the two are no longer considered suspects and that investigators have "new evidence" to consider as a result of questioning them.

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with", the statement read.

The latest turn in the whirlwind case comes after the Osundairos told investigators that Smollett hatched the idea to stage the January 29 attack because he was upset over the lack of attention the threatening letter received, sources told ABC.


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