Citing "new evidence", the Chicago Police Department announced Friday night that two men detained for questioning about an alleged "attack on the actor" of the "Empire" Jussie Smollett had been released, without any charge being brought against them.
The news came shortly after 22 hours. AND in a Twitter message from Tom Ahern, Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communication of the Police Department.
"Due to new evidence resulting from today's interrogations, those interviewed by the police in the #Empire case have been released without charge and the detectives must carry out a job well known. Additional investigation, "wrote Ahern.
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No description of the evidence has been disclosed.
The two men – whom the police have identified as Nigerian brothers – were arrested on Wednesday at the Chicago O'Hare International Airport and arrested on their return from Nigeria after the police had learned that they had been arrested. at least one of the men was working on "Empire", according to the newspaper. to the spokesman of the police, Anthony Guglielmi. He said that he did not know what was the work of this man in the television series.
Guglielmi's comments followed 24 hours of anger, including reports in the local media that the attack was a hoax. Police say these reports are not confirmed. The producers of the television series have also contested media reports that Smollett's character Jamal Lyon was dismissed from the series, calling the idea "obviously ridiculous".
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Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told the Chicago Police Department that he had been assaulted by two men on Jan. 29 while he was walking home. He claimed that the men had instigated racist and homophobic insults, hit him and poured him an "unknown chemical".
According to a police report, police officers who responded to the investigation found Smollett with a rope hanging from his neck. Chicago police told Fox News it was a "little white rope, like the one you'd buy in a hardware store."
Matt Finn and Sasha Savitsky of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this story.