There has been a major break in the investigation into Jussie Smollett‘s vicious, hate-filled attack. However, the new information seems to be leading to more questions than answers.
On Thursday, CBS Chicago reporter Charlie De Mar revealed that authorities had questioned two Nigerian men they believed were responsible for the assault on Smollett. The men, who are believed to be brothers, were picked up from O’Hare Airport after returning from Nigeria — their family members told officers they left for the trip to Africa the same day as the incident.
This information is according to family who says home was ransacked. I asked family why they think police picked the two brothers up for questioning and they replied by saying the men left for #Nigeria the day of the attack. @cbschicago
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 14, 2019
The men, who have also been extras on Jussie’s show “Empire”, are believed to be the same men spotted in surveillance video near Smollett’s apartment the night of the attack. However, in a strange twist, this new information has casted more doubts with Jussie’s story. Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of “Empire.” And, as far fetched as that sounds, authorizes told the news station that, “Police are investigating whether the two individuals committed the attack – or whether the attack happened at all.” But, for the mean time, Chicago Police “are continuing to treat Smollett as a victim and the investigation remains ongoing.”
Also, FOX is refuting any rumors of Jussie being written off the show. In a statement the network said, “The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of EMPIRE is patently ridiculous. He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him.”
Unfortunately, at this time the police still don’t have enough information to make any arrest. The authorities will continue their investigation until more concrete evidence is discovered. Thankfully though, Jussie is doing well, the according to his siblings Jake and Jazz who spoke exclusively to HH about their brother.
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