The Chicago police on Friday night released two people of interest without accusing them of the alleged hate attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.
"Due to new evidence resulting from today's interrogations, the police interviewees in the Empire case have now been released without charge and the detectives now have additional investigative work to complete", Chicago police said in a tweet Friday night.
Earlier Friday, police said they had questioned two men who had been arrested Wednesday night at O'Hare International Airport after returning from a trip to Nigeria.
The pair, who are brothers from the African country, have a relationship with Smollett, the Chicago police said – fueling speculation about the attack could have been organized.
Smollett claimed that he was on the phone with his manager, Brandon Z. Moore, and that he was returning home from a Subway restaurant in Chicago at 2 am on January 29th, while He was approached by two people who had shouted racial slurs, knotted his neck lodged with a "chemical substance" resembling bleach.
The Chicago police had a 48-hour window to charge the brothers, which ended Friday night.