On Thursday afternoon, Chicago Police brought two men in for questioning in the Jussie Smollett case.
TMZ reports that they were the two men in the surveillance video screen grab. Police were able to identify the men from interviews with Smollett and witnesses as well as transportation records from ride shares or taxis that were used on the night in question.
According to the Chicago Tribune, two men were escorted from O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday Night, conflicting reports suggest that at least one, if not both, have worked on “Empire.”
The police did note at the time that the two people are “not yet suspects but were in area of concern and are being questioned.”
Police added that to “safeguard the investigation” details of the case will not be “released or commented on” while it is ongoing.
Local Chicago media are reporting that sources told them the attack may have been staged, but police released the following statement:
Smollett alleges he was attacked by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him while tying a rope around his neck and then poured an unknown substance on him.
This is a developing story.