New evidence in the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett suggests that Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to orchestrate the attack on him, according to law enforcement officials.
"2 #CPD sources tell @ fox32news brothers arrested & released in #JussieSmollet case told detective, they were paid by the #Empire actor to orchestrate the attack," Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel tweeted. "The detectives also have a receipt for the rope found on the #Smollett neck that shows the brothers bought it."
CNN also reported that two Chicago law enforcement officials told the network that they thought Smollett paid the two brothers to coordinate the attack and noted "The sources told CNN that there are records showing that the two brothers bought The rope found around Smollett's neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago. "
Police arrested the two brothers Wednesday "at Chicago's Hare International Airport and their apartment was searched Thursday," reported the Associated Press, adding: "They were questioned Friday, but police were required to release them. if they had not been charged within 48 hours. "
" "Due to new evidence due to today's negotiations, the people who questioned the police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives has further investigation work to complete, "Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer is Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
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