Investigators also searched for additional questions about the attacks reported by Smollett on January 29. A source of near the Jussie Smollett team told CNN on Wednesday that he did not give the police a follow-up interview and no such scheduled meeting.
Smollett told authorities that two men attacked him, putting the rope on his neck and pouring an unknown chemical substance on him.
The actor denied playing his attack, according to a statement from his lawyers. ] In a statement, 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the "Empire" series where Smollett appears, and Fox Entertainment expressed support for Wednesday's actor. "19659006" Jussie Smollett continues to be a good professional in the set and as we have previously stated, he is no longer written out of the show, "said the statement.
Two sources of law enforcement with knowledge the investigation told CNN that the police believe Smollett paid two siblings to orchestrate an attack on him.
Brothers, arrested and released in connection with the attack, and prosecutors Chicago's lawyer Tom Ahern, a Chicago courthouse, the county's leading prosecutor, Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx, has recused himself from the investigation, according to a spokeswoman from his office.
Anne Kavanaugh of Media Pros 24/7, a media consulting firm representing Smollett, released a statement this week, saying part, "Smollett's lawyers remain in an active conversation leaving Chicago police for him."
Police sources say that the brothers cooperate with law enforcement and say that the records show that they bought the rope found around the neck of Smollett in a hardware store in Chicago.
Smollett's lawyers, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, gave a Saturday statement describing their client's anger over allegations that he approved the attack.
"As a victim of a hostile crime cooperating with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett was angry and destroyed by recent reports that perpetrators are individuals who are familiar with him," the statement said.
"He is still a victim of claims linked to alleged alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. It is not yet from the truth and anyone claiming to be otherwise lies. "
Smollett is open-minded gay and because 2015 played Jamal's gay character on Fox TV drama "Empire."
The actors told the detectives that two men attacked him near the lower entrance of the Loews hotel in Chicago, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The police said the two men said, "Imperial Empire" and "Imperial Empire" while he was afflicted.
In a new interview with authorities, Smollett proved media reports that one of the attackers also shouted, "This is the country of the MAGA," a reference to the slogan of "Make America Great Again" by President Donald Trump.
The day after the incident last month, the police released pictures of surveillance showing two silhouetted individuals walking through the sidewalk, and the police said they wanted for the inquiry.
One of the men appeared in "Empire," Guglielmi says. Police have also told CNN on Friday night that men had had previous partnership with Smollett but did not provide further details.
Smollett expressed disappointment about not believing
"I feel I'm saying that it is a Muslim or a Mexican or a black person as though I feel that doubters would support me more," said by Smollett. "And many are saying about the place where we are now a nation."
Smollett said that one of the attackers shouted, "This is the country of MAGA," before he hit the face. But he denied reports saying that he told the police that the attackers were wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.
"I did not say that," he told Robin Roberts of ABC in an interview on February 14. "I did not have to add anything to that, they called me, they called me a * *** There's no way you cut it. I do not need some MAGA hats as cherries in some racist sundae. "