Chicago. Chicago police launched with out bills two Nigerian brothers arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett and talked about they’ve new proof to analysis on account of questioning them.
“The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi talked about in a fast assertion late Friday.
He gave no particulars of the model new proof.
Smollett, who’s black and gay, has talked about two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA country!” beat him and looped a rope spherical his neck early on Jan. 29 sooner than working away. He talked about in addition they poured some type of chemical on him.
Smollett, 36, talked about he was out getting meals at a Subway sandwich retailer in downtown Chicago when the assault occurred.
A spokeswoman for Smollett talked about she had no contact upon the release of the 2 men Friday.
The two men, acknowledged solely as Nigerian brothers, have been picked up at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on Wednesday on their return from Nigeria after police found not lower than one labored on “Empire,” Guglielmi talked about. He talked about he did not know what the individual’s job was.
Guglielmi moreover talked about police searched the Chicago home the place the men lived. But he talked about he had no information on what was found.
Police have talked about they found no surveillance video of an assault nonetheless proceed to look. Investigators moreover talked about they’ve been contacting retailers in the hope of discovering out who bought the rope that was spherical Smollett’s neck.
But police earlier this week talked about there was “no evidence to say that this is a hoax” and that Smollett “continues to be treated by police as a victim, not a suspect.”
In an interview with ABC News, the singer and actor talked about he didn’t take away the rope from spherical his neck sooner than police arrived “because I wanted them to see.”
Smollett moreover talked about he initially refused to supply police his cellphone on account of the gadget contained private content material materials and cellphone numbers. He later gave detectives carefully redacted cellphone info that police have talked about are insufficient for an investigation.