On Friday, The Chicago Police Department announced that the two men held for questioning in connection with an alleged attack on Jussie Smollett have been released, with no charges filed against them.
The two Nigerian brothers – Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo – were picked up at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday and taken into custody after returning from Nigeria. Police learned that at least one of the men worked on “Empire,” according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
Two men were arrested over the alleged attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett.
The news of their release came shortly after 10 p.m. ET in a Twitter message from Tom Ahern, deputy director of news affairs and communications for the police department.
“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,” Ahern wrote.
EMPIRE CASE UPDATE: 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. #ChicagoPolice— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) February 16, 2019
No information was disclosed of what the “new evidence” was.
According to court documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com, Olabinjo was sentenced to two years’ probation and fined $674 in September 2012 after pleading guilty to a single count of aggravated battery in a public place.
The 27-year-old was originally charged with attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, one of aggravated battery with an air rifle, two of aggravated battery in a public place and one of unlawful restraint.
All charges except one of aggravated battery were thrown out, according to a disposition document.
Younger brother Abimbola, 25, is also no stranger to the law and was booked on DUI and speeding charges in July 2015 according to Chicago arrest records.Via DailyMail.com
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