Chicago police said Saturday they had turned to attorney for Empire star Jussie Smollett for still wanting to talk to Smollett after releasing two brothers for allegedly attacking her had interviewed the actor.
Twelve Hours After calling them "potential suspects," the police released the brothers on Friday without charge, citing "new evidence" that they did not disclose.
"Detectives do extra investigative work," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a Tweet
Outside the South Side Police Department, where the brothers were held for two days, their lawyer told reporters Friday night that "innocence but it was unclear why their clients were arrested and why they were released.
"My boys go home, they are not charged, they are not suspects in this case," said lawyer Gloria Schmidt.
Police sources have said detectives are investigating the Po The possibility that Smollett's brothers had faked the attack on January 29 in Streeterville. Schmidt said the brothers worked with Smollett on Empire and used the same gym. Smollett follows the brothers' bodybuilding site on Instagram.
Urged on speculation that Smollett had initiated the attack, Schmidt said: "There is always a lot of moving parts … I'm not part of Jussie's defense. I'm not part of what's going on with him. All I can say is that my boys are innocent and go home.
Asked about the "new evidence" of the police, Schmidt said: "Obviously I had it. Obviously my clients had it. But I think it was a question of coordination. "She would not say what that was.
Schmidt was not available for comment on Saturday. Chicago defense lawyer Michael Monico, who represents Smollett, declined to comment. The efforts to reach the brothers were unsuccessful.
The men were arrested on Wednesday night after detectives had tracked their movements with surveillance cameras in the Streeterville area, where Smollett says two men had called him with racial and homophobic insults, beaten him and wrapped a rope in his neck while he was walking shouted: "This is a MAGA country!"
Smollett said in his first television interview that on Thursday he believed that the two people captured by these cameras were his attackers. "" Because … I was there, "he said to Robin Roberts, co-anchor of" Good Morning America. "" I have no doubt that they are, never. "
Smollett has informed the police that the attack took place in the 300 block East North Water Street as he walked from a subway sandwich shop to his apartment building, and the brothers, who are in their twenties and black,
The brothers are aspiring actors who have posted online auditions This included a scene in which each of them was charged with murder by the police They signed with Babes & # 39; s N Beau's Model and Talent Agency in 2016, according to Don Underwood, one of the owners of the Hinsdale-based agency, who appeared in a series of NBC's "Chicago PD" last year.
Both had R are in the indie film 2017 "The worst nightmare". One of them also had a role in Spike Lee's 2015 movie "Chi-Raq".  None of them was sent to work on "Empir e", broadcast on the Fox network, though the older brother said in an interview in 2015 that he played the prison bodyguard for Chris Rock's character. Rock played a major role in the premiere of "Empire" in Season 2.
One week before the attack, Smollett told the police he had received a threatening letter at work. Witnesses told the police that a postal worker had filed the letter in the Chicago studio where "Empire" was filmed. It was stamped on January 18 in the southwestern suburb of Bedford Park and bore two American flag stamps. The letters "MAGA" were written in the upper left corner of the envelope.
Smollett said a stick figure hangs on a tree with the words, "Smollett Jussie, you'll die black" (Expletive).
"Did I come up with that?" Asked Smollett in his interview with Roberts.
The police have not said if they believe the two incidents are interrelated, and so far they have been investigated separately – the FBI's letter and the alleged attack by Chicago police.
Meanwhile, production on "Empire" will continue next week with a near west side shoot, as published in the city's online movie licensing database. It is not clear if Smollett will participate in this shoot. A representative of Fox declined to discuss casting plans.
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