Jussie Smollett suspected previously arrested for attempted murder


One of the suspects of the alleged attack on "Empire" star, Jussie Smollett, had already been arrested in Chicago for attempted murder, a report said Friday.

The man was arrested in 2011 for stabbing in the north Chicago neighborhood near the place where authorities raided a house on Wednesday night and confiscated items related to the Smollett case, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

He reached an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty of aggravated harassment during the 2011 attack, the newspaper said.

The sentence was two years probation and the man was fined $ 674, according to the newspaper.

The suspect and his brother were arrested Wednesday at O'Hare International Airport for the Smollett attack after his return from Nigeria. At least one of them worked on "Empire," the newspaper said.

Their involvement in the attack was not clear in the immediate aftermath, but detectives questioned them on Friday.

Smollett says he was on the phone with his manager, Brandon Z. Moore, and was returning home from a Subway restaurant in Chicago at 2 am on January 29 when he was approached by two people who had shouted racial slurs, knotted the neck spattered with a "chemical substance" resembling bleach.


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