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Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’—Chicago police

/ 11:30 AM February 17, 2019

CHICAGO — Chicago police say “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the “Empire” actor.

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In this May 20, 2016 file photo, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the “Empire” FYC Event in Los Angeles. Image: Invision/Richard Shotwell via AP

Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers they had detained for questioning earlier in the week.

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On Saturday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and “This is MAGA country!” He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant early on Jan. 29. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him.

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Police have been unable to find surveillance video of the attack.

A spokesperson for Smollett did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Guglielmi’s statement. NVG

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