Police in Chicago believe actor and singer Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault on himself, CNN is reporting.
The news network is citing two police sources.
The development happens one day after police released two Nigerian brothers who had been arrested earlier in the week on suspicion of assaulting the “Empire” star.
In a tweet, police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said, “Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charges.”
Smollett said he was attacked on Jan. 29 by two men who screamed racial slurs, put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him.
This has become the most developing story of 2019