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Jussie Smollett paid $ 3,500 to send his attack, hoping to market his career, Chicago police said.

When details arose, the police said they wanted to conduct a follow-up interview with the actor after [19659018] Although they did not provide specific information on the development, the surveillance video of January 28, taken from a Chicago area beauty shop, shows that the men associated with the accident buy a ski mask, sunglasses, a red hat and other things the day before. alleged assault. They paid for the cash according to the owner, who did not want to be identified.The two men questioned by the police – identified as the brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo – were initially arrested on February 13 but were released without charges after the police quoted the discovery of "new evidence." They have met police and prosecutors at a Chicago courthouse, police spokesman Tom Ahern said.The two are no longer suspected at this time, police said on Monday. Brothers lawyer Gloria Schmidt told reporters Wednesday that her clients had not accepted a dispute resolution or immunity. Police sources said that the brothers are cooperating with law enforcement."You don't need immunity when you have the truth," she said.In a joint statement to the CNN affiliate WBBM, the men said, "We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are US citizens." [19659018] One of the men has appeared on "Empire", Guglielmi said. A police source also told CNN that the men had an earlier connection to Smollett but did not provide further…

When details arose, the police said they wanted to conduct a follow-up interview with the actor after

[19659018] Although they did not provide specific information on the development, the surveillance video of January 28, taken from a Chicago area beauty shop, shows that the men associated with the accident buy a ski mask, sunglasses, a red hat and other things the day before. alleged assault.

They paid for the cash according to the owner, who did not want to be identified.

The two men questioned by the police – identified as the brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo – were initially arrested on February 13 but were released without charges after the police quoted the discovery of “new evidence.” They have met police and prosecutors at a Chicago courthouse, police spokesman Tom Ahern said.

The two are no longer suspected at this time, police said on Monday. Brothers lawyer Gloria Schmidt told reporters Wednesday that her clients had not accepted a dispute resolution or immunity. Police sources said that the brothers are cooperating with law enforcement.

“You don’t need immunity when you have the truth,” she said.

In a joint statement to the CNN affiliate WBBM, the men said, “We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are US citizens.” [19659018] One of the men has appeared on “Empire”, Guglielmi said. A police source also told CNN that the men had an earlier connection to Smollett but did not provide further details.

Smollett is upset by claims, lawyers say

Smollett has played a gay character on Fox TV drama “Empire.” The actor told detective two men attacked him near the lower entrance of a Loews hotel in Chicago, according to police spokesman Guglielmi. The police were told the two men were screaming: “Empire’s ***” and “Empire’s ***” while he beat him.

In a complementary interview with the authorities, Smollett confirmed media stories that One of the attackers also shouted, “This is MAGA country”, a reference to the president’s “campaign campaign” “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.

Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson issued a statement Saturday describing their client so angry with allegations that he orchestrated the attack.

“As a victim of a hate crime that has collaborated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angry and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals with whom he is familiar” said.

“He has now been further subjected to allegations attributed to the alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and someone else claims otherwise.”

Letters were sent to “Empire” set days earlier

Before the police made their announcement Wednesday, 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series “Empire”, expressed support for the actor.

“Jussie Smollett continues to be a perfect professional on set and as we have said before, he is not written off the show, the statement says.

A national author had no comment when it was reached by CNN Wednesday.

Seven days before the alleged attack, a letter containing white powder was sent to the Chicago set of “Empire”, police said. The authorities determined the powder to be aspirin, according to Guglielmi.

The image of the letter and the envelope, shared with CNN by a person near Smollett, containing a message apparently cut from the magazine, and a stick figure drawing.

Smollett told ABC News that the sign was of a “stick figure hanging from a tree that had a weapon pointing towards it.” The letter, addressed to Smollett , the word “MAGA” includes on the outside of the envelope instead of the return address.

More than a decade, Smollett did not ask for a contest to submit improper info rmation to law enforcement in a 2007 misdemeanor case, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

The case came from a DUI stop where Smollett gave the police the wrong name. He also charged no contest to drive alcohol in the blood over the legal border and drive without a valid driver’s license. He was sentenced to two years’ trial and paid a fine.

CNN’s Ryan Young, Bill Kirkos, Steve Almasy, Joe Sutton, Sandra Gonzalez and Sheena Jones contributed to this report.

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