Two men wearing red hats attacked Jussie Smollett, yelled racial slurs, poured bleach on him and tied a rope around his neck as he walked back to his Chicago apartment. The hate crime allegedly took place around 2 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Chicago, where JussieSmollett lives while filming Empire. Police determined the two men were Ola and Abel Osundairo, who were arrested but ultimately released following an interrogation due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations.
A rep for the Chicago police told TMZ, “We have some information that needs to be corroborated and verified with the Empire cast member before we can answer this question. After new developments, we’ve reached out to his attorney and requested additional time to interview him.”
Jussie Smollett’s lawyers deny reports that actor orchestrated attack.
“Smollett has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” actor’s attorneys say.
Doctors in both Los Angeles and Chicago, where the incident occurred, both cleared Smollett to perform Saturday’s show. Jussie Smollett returned to the stage at a Los Angeles club Saturday night, just days after the Empire actor was the victim in an attack that is being investigated as a possible hate crime.
Saturday’s concert was Smollett’s first public appearance since the attack.
“Our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received”, Smollet’s family issued a statement via Instagram.
Instagram users support the actor, but most are shocked that the attack could be fake. ” The racist, homophobic assault on ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett earlier this month was a hoax, according to multiple reports suggesting the actor staged the attack because his character was being written off the show”, they say.
The only survellance footage of Smollett of that night showed him alone.
“We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident,” Smollett told.