Two men who were arrested on Friday in connection with the alleged attack on Empire Actor Jussie Smollett were released after being questioned by the police.
Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, said Friday night that people had been released "because of new evidence resulting from today's interrogations."
"Detectives must carry out other investigative work," Guglielmi said. tweeted.
The police classified the two men as "potential suspects" after identifying them as "people of interest" who were in the area where Smollett said he was attacked early in the morning of January 29. Smollett, who is openly gay, told the police two men yelled racist and anti-gay insults, hit him in the face, poured him a chemical substance resembling bleach and tied a rope around his neck.
Around 19:30 local time, men were still being interrogated by the police, according to Guglielmi. Less than two hours later, he tweeted that they had been released without charge.
Both are brothers who worked as extras on Empire and sometimes at the gym with Smollett, their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, said Thursday at CBS Chicago.
The two brothers were returning from a trip to Nigeria when police arrested them Wednesday at the Chicago O'Hare Airport, Schmidt told the local radio station.
It was not clear right away what "new evidence" the police were looking at Friday. A police spokesman told BuzzFeed News that she did not have any additional information.
In one Hello America In an interview broadcast Thursday morning, Smollett said he was "pissed off" that some doubted his statements, as the police were not able to immediately find a monitoring sequence verifying his report. . Others criticized his decision to send the police written telephone records that investigators found "insufficient in a criminal case".
"At first it was kind of the same, listen, if I tell the truth, it's because it's the truth," Smollett said.
Smollett also stated that he believed that the two dark characters seen on grainy surveillance footage published by the police were the men who attacked him.