Two Men Originally Considered As ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Smollett’s Alleged Attack Arrested

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The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said Friday the two men who were being questioned over the alleged racist and homophobic attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were arrested.

The men were identified as two Nigerian brothers, according to The Associated Press.

CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said both were arrested on suspicion of assault and battery, but not charged, for possibly being involved in the alleged attack. One of the men worked on “Empire,” but it is not clear how much this person was involved, The AP reported.

The arrest comes after multiple media outlets and journalists reported on various allegations surrounding the incident.

Sources claimed the attack was allegedly planned by Smollett and the “persons of interest” could have been co-conspirators after learning that Smollett’s character was allegedly “being written out of the show ‘Empire.’”

“TOP SOURCE: ‘…indicators point to Smollett orchestrating the event….’” CBS Chicago’s Brad Edwards tweeted.

“BREAKING: Multiple sources tell @ABC7Chicago Eyewitness News Jussie Smollett and the 2 men who are being questioned by police staged the attack – allegedly because his character was being written out of the show Empire,” Rob Elgas of ABC 7 tweeted.

Smollett claimed two men beat him up, tied a rope around his neck, said racial and homophobic slurs and threw an unidentified chemical substance on him on Jan. 29, according to The AP. He reported that the attackers said “This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country,” in a follow-up interview with CPD.

The “Empire” star disputed that he ever said the attackers wore MAGA hats in a Good Morning America interview Thursday.

CPD did not immediately respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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