Two brothers told the Chicago police that they were paid by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett to orchestrate and orchestrate an attack on him, a police officer who was briefed on the investigation said to ABC News.
Detectives They are trying to confirm and confirm their account, but so far the police have not independently verified the allegations, the official said Sunday.
On Saturday, police in Chicago said they were "eager" to talk to Smollett again about his alleged attack in early January. After arresting two brothers in connection with the attack, they agreed to work with the police.
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"We can confirm that the information received from the police were people previously detained in the Empire by the police have actually postponed the investigation, and we contacted the attorney for the Empire Cast member to request a follow-up interview, "said Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Guglielmi repeated in a tweet on Sunday that the Chicago police "are unable to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what has been unofficially released, and some follow-up activities that need to be completed, including the Talking to the person who reported the incident
Although we are unable to confirm, reject or comment on the validity of what has been unofficially posted, there are some developments in this investigation and some detectives need some Complete follow-up, including the interview with the person who reported the incident. pic.twitter.com/b9GgXbSUt9
̵1; Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 17, 2019
One The Brothers was Smollett's personal trainer, according to a statement by the lawyers of Smollett.  Detectives confronted the two brothers with Be that they had bought the rope found around Smollett's neck in a local hardware store, two officials familiar with the investigation of Smollett confirmed to ABC News.
The brothers agreed to cooperate with police investigating whether Smollett invented invented the story after the police threatened to charge them with battery and hate crimes.
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said Guglielmi contacted Smollett's lawyers on Friday night. "We have made our intentions clear," he said.
Late Saturday, Smollett's attorneys Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson published a statement in which they dealt with reports that the actor might have orchestrated the attack.
"As a victim of a hate crime that has co-operated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is upset and devastated by the recent reports that the perpetrators are persons he is familiar with has now been further victimized by the claims attributed to this alleged offender that Jussie played a role in his own attack, nothing is further from the truth and anyone who claims otherwise lies.
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"One of these suspected suspects was Jussie's personal trainer, whom he hired to kill him physically prepare for a music video. It is impossible to believe that this person might have played a role in the crime against Jussie or had allegedly wrongly blamed Jussie.
"Jussie and his attorneys continue to believe that they are still being informed by the Chicago Police Department about the state of the investigation and will to continue to cooperate: At present, Jussie and his lawyers have no inclination to" unnamed "sources within the investigation but the discussions will continue in official ways. "
The two brothers who were captured Video footage from the night of the attack was taken in surveillance after they were identified as being of interest. However, they were released Friday without charge.
In the meantime, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about the investigation late Saturday.
It seems that Jussie Smollett tried to create a hate crime to make Trump supporters look bad. The media not only accepted his lies as facts for weeks, but also attacked those who questioned the validity of his false story presented.
– Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) 17. February 2019
The police confiscated the brothers' phones and checked their telephone records as they investigated whether the men had contact with Smollett on the night of the incident. The Chicago police did not immediately comment on the degree of cooperation of the brothers, other than providing information to the police.
It was confirmed that the men were seen on surveillance images of the scene of Jan's alleged incident. 29 in the Streeterville neighborhood. The Chicago police told ABC News that the reason the men were at the scene was central to the investigation. According to CPD officials, whether the men had spoken to Smollett on the night of the alleged attack, CPD representative said.
Guglielmi said on Friday: "Based on new evidence from today's polls, people interviewed by the police questioned the Empire. The case has now been released without charge, and detectives must complete additional investigative work."
Guglielmi said the persons were no longer classified as suspects. They are still technically considered to be of interest because they may have more information.
The investigation is ongoing. Video evidence does not indicate that anyone else was at the scene of the alleged incident.
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The lawyer who represented the two men spoke Friday The night after she was released, she said 'She and the men had provided the police with new evidence for the investigation.
On Friday morning, Guglielmi said the two men had a relationship with Smollett. On Friday morning, police said the two were considered suspects, and at the time the police believed they could have been involved in a crime.
Several sources told ABC7 Eyewitness News in Chicago that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men were allegedly performing the staging because Smollett was written off by "Empire".
A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I team that Smollett did not appear for an interview with detectives on Thursday but has since spoken with the police.
Eddie Johnson, police chief of the Chicago police, has contacted ABC7 to say he continues to treat Smollett as a victim, and the investigation continues.
"Police are investigating whether the two people committed the attack – or whether the attack took place at all," said Chicago police told ABC News.
Smollett issued a statement Thursday evening in which he said, "Today, Jussie has answered routine follow-up questions to the Chicago Police Department and is continuing to cooperate."
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The representatives of Smollett said he would not "depreciated Empire".
Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment issued a statement: "The idea that Jussie Smollett was or would be written off by EMPIRE is obviously ridiculous. He is still a key player in this very successful series and we are still behind him. "
A source on Smollett's investigation confirmed to ABC News that the Chicago police are questioning the two men – one of them appeared." Empire.
The police officer also told ABC News that the men's homes were ransacked Wednesday night, and the police removed shoes, electronic devices, and other items that they believe could help them determine if the two people are at home Involved in Attack
Neighbors described a swarm of officers and K-9 units.
"I went down the alley. A police car stopped in the alley and they asked me to go inside. About five minutes later, there were 20 police at the door, "said Jaime Figueroa, neighbor.
Neighbors said they believed that the men were Nigerian brothers who grew up in this apartment and lived there for years They said they were friendly and possibly bodybuilders and said they wanted to be actors for a long time.
The Chicago police said they "can not confirm any of these reports." No charges were filed.
The police said to the first Both were picked up at O.Hare International Airport on Wednesday, police said.
A solicitor declaring that she represents the two interested individuals refused to comment on the case police headquarters from Area Central.
The Chicago police told ABC News they were tracking down the two persons of interest and knew who they were "for a while." Chicago police told ABC News that both are cooperating and have questions throughout the day.
Smollett said he had been attacked at 2:00 am on January 29 in the 300 block of East North Water Street in Chicago, Streeterville. He told the police that two masked men had called him by homophobic insults, had attacked him, put a rope around his neck and poured in a liquid that smelled like bleach.
On Thursday night, police said that the phone records provided by Smollett showed him to his manager at the time of the attack on the phone. Both men told the investigators that Smollett's attacker was screaming slurish screams.
Smollett, 36, is black and openly gay.
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The police said they did not find a surveillance video showing the attack. At the beginning of the study, however, they published grainy surveillance images of two possible persons of interest. The photos show two silhouettes on New Street near Illinois Street on January 29, between 1:30 and 1:45.
In a statement released on Thursday, the police said they had identified and tracked the two people on the surveillance photos, using cameras, public transport records, and confirming information from Smollett.
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Smollett spoke on Thursday "Good Morning America" exclusively with Robin Roberts. He wondered what happened to him this morning and what has happened since then.
"It's the attackers, but also the attacks," he said, adding that those who do not believe his story, "that's not necessarily that." They do not believe that this is the truth, they do not even want to see the truth.
Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said Thursday morning that he saw the GMA interview with CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson, and Guglielmi said Smollett's comments on GMA are in line with what he said to the Chicago police. Unfortunately, the police have no solid evidence to arrest anyone at this time.