On Saturday, a Chicago police spokesperson said “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is no longer considered a victim in the case that allegedly involved an attack by two masked men who shouted racial and anti-gay slurs at the actor and, “This is MAGA country!”
The two masked men turned out to be Nigerian brothers – Abimbola ‘Abel’ and Olabinjo ‘Ola’ Osundairo. – They were picked up at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday and taken into custody after returning from Nigeria.
The news of their release came shortly after 10 p.m. ET in a Twitter message:
“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.
Now Police say that the “trajectory of the investigation” has shifted and that they wanted to conduct another interview with Smollett about the alleged hate crime last month. Police released two Nigerian brothers who were held for questioning about the reported attack. They were released late Friday without charges.
“We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the “Empire” case has
According to TMZ, one of the brothers has turned over his phone and there is a record of a phone call between him and Smollett near the location and time of the supposed attack.
“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a police source told Deadline.
Sources on Friday told both ABC and CBS that investigators are looking into whether the two Nigerian men helped Smollett stage the attack because he was being allegedly set to be written off the show — something that was denied by Empire’s writers.
On top of that, Sources told US TV station Fox 32 there are records that the two Nigerian brothers had purchased the rope found around Smollet’s neck at a store.
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