Two Nigerian brothers who "have a relationship" with "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, were arrested in connection with the alleged hate attack against the TV actor – fueling new rumors that he would have staged them, announced Friday the police of Chicago.
The two men – models and actors budding Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo – are suspected of assault and assault, according to TMZ.
"The detectives probably have been involved in an alleged crime," police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. said in a statement.
The situation came as one of the arrested Osundairo brothers was charged with attempted murder in 2011, the Chicago Sun-Times reported on Friday.
The unidentified sister eventually reached a plea agreement in the Chicago stabbing assault, dropping from one battery to the other, and was sentenced to two years of probation.
The Chicago cops said the two suspects "had a relationship" with Smollett. Their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, said the brothers had worked on Smollett's drama, Fox, and that all three were friends of the gym who had worked together.
Ola played an inmate on "Empire" and played a role in the NBC series "Chicago PD" last year, according to TMZ and its IMDB page.
Smollett is one of the nearly 19,000 followers of the brothers on their common Instagram account, which contains photos of the iron-horse duo.
Smollett, 36, plays Jamal Lyon – the homosexual son of hip hop mogul Lucious and his wife, Cookie, who is fighting for his father's approval – in the Golden Globes-nominated show.
Smollett, who is also a singer-songwriter, is gay.
Friday's developments in this case are just the latest turning point in the television drama saga that began on Jan. 29, when the alleged attack took place – and has since provoked a storm of controversy, including theories about the outbreak of the incident. a hoax perpetrated by Smollett to preserve the writing of the series.
Smollett stated that he had just returned to Chicago, where he lives in the trendy neighborhood of Streeterville, and he went out around 2 am to grab a bite to eat for himself and his creative director, Frank Gatson .
Smollett said that he was on the phone with his manager, Brandon Z. Moore, and that he had crossed the street when someone suddenly screamed "Empire".
"And I do not answer to" Empire. "My name is not" Empire, "Smollett said Thursday at the show" Good Morning America "on ABC.
"I kept walking, then I heard," Ft, Empire "-" Then I turned around and said, & # 39; s, & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; 39 The f – k have you just told me? "
That's when one of the two suspects shouted, "This is a MAGA country, nr!" – a reference to President Trump's slogan, "Make America Great Again" – and hit him in the face, Smollett said.
The trio began to stir near a stairway in East Lower North Water Street before the men rushed to walk, said the actor.
Smollett said he called Moore and told him, "I just jumped!" – and then noticed a rope around his neck.
"I started screaming, I said," There is a rope around his neck! ", Did he declare.
He admitted that he was reluctant to report the attack to the police.
"The victim did not want to report the offense, however, he felt that it was in everyone's interest," the police report said.
The police officers who intervened arrived at Smollett's home "to find him with a white rope tied around his neck" and clothes stained with a "chemical substance," Smollett said that the men had sprayed him of water, according to the police report.
He alluded to "GMA" that his attackers were white.
"It's as if I said it was a Muslim, a Mexican or a black man, I think the doubters would support me a lot more," he said. "It says a lot about the place we currently have in this country."
The story of Smollett also raised several problems.
The official police report, based on his narrative, does not mention the alleged assailants of the actor who shouted: "It's a MAGA country, n-r." This simply indicates that they shouted: "Empire, f, t, n, … r.
The alleged beatings occurred in a dark part of the street where no surveillance camera is installed.
Smollett was also unable or unwilling to provide details about his attackers, whom he only said that they were masked and dressed in black.
"I can not tell you what color their eyes were and I did not see anything except the second person I saw fleeing," Smollett said. "And in the first person, I saw his stature. I gave the description as best as I could.
Smollett was also screened for failing to immediately hand in his phone records to corroborate his story – and to deliver only heavily redacted copies 13 days after the incident.
He defended the move, claiming that it was to protect his privacy.
Abel and Ola reportedly flew from the United States to Nigeria on the day of the incident, then were arrested between 5 pm and 8 pm. Wednesday at O'Hare International Airport after his flight back to Chicago, said Guglielmi.
The busts of actors linked to the "empire" have fueled reports by Chicago and CBS affiliates, quoted by many sources, that the brothers would have helped Smollett to stage the attack because he was on the verge of crush.
This theory has been hotly contested by the police and the leaders of 21st Century Fox Television.
The police also issued statements reiterating that Smollett is treated as a "victim" and not a "suspect".
When the police raided the brothers' house in Chicago, they seized bleach, a "black hat with a face mask" and other items, police said.
Schmidt said that they were not involved in the attack at all.
"They are confused by the reasons for their interest," said the lawyer at CBS News. "It's a horrible thing that happened to Jussie, but it's not my guys."
The granular monitoring of the area captured two men walking down a nearby street just before the incident.
Police did not confirm if the Osundairo brothers were the men on the surveillance photo, but Smollett said that he was certain that both men in the movie, no matter what. they are, are responsible for his aggression.
"I do not doubt it is their case," he said. "Never done."