Chicago Police has just made two arrests in the ongoing case of the alleged attack on“Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s.
Since last month, openly gay actor Smollett has claimed that two white President Trump supporters assaulted him late one night in Chicago while screaming racist and anti-gay slurs and yelling “This is MAGA country!” His account led to a nationwide condemnation of Trump and his supporters by liberals.
Now police have officially arrested two Nigerian brothers in connection to the suspected crime, ABC News reported on Friday. According to Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel, they have not been formally charged yet.
The brothers, who happen to be extras on “Empire,” are male models and bodybuilders who have been identified as Abimbola “Abel” and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo, the UK’s Daily Mail reported. They have been photographed working out in the private gym of Smollett.
Police confirmed that the brothers “have a relationship with” Jussie, ABC News reported. They didn’t specify that nature of that relationship. On Thursday, police raided their home, looking for evidence.
"Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues," authorities told ABC News.
They also added that "While we haven't found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax. The alleged victim [Smollett] is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect."
Speculation has grown the past couple weeks that the whole attack was a hoax. Now new speculation is arising that the attack did happen — perhaps over a domestic dispute — and that Smollett lied to police about the nature of the attack and turned it into an anti-Trump political opportunity. Smollett’s Twitter feeds is filled with extremely harsh criticisms of the president.
The suspicions that Smollett has lied about at least some aspects of the attack are growing.
If he was indeed attacked by his friends the Osundairo brothers, how does he have no clue who his attackers are? Even though he said his attackers wore ski masks and gloves, how could he think they were white if they were black, and how could he not recognize their familiar voices?
Smollett doubled-down on his claims that he’s telling the truth during his “Good Morning America” appearance that aired early Thursday. He lashed out at anyone who is expressing doubts, insinuating that they have racist motives.
“I feel like if I had said it was a Muslim, a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would support me a lot more," he said. “And I feel like that's an issue in our country right now."
Except that if the Osundairo brothers were his attackers, they’re black.