Jussie Smollett lawyers meeting with prosecutors, police
- Author: Gwendolyn Kim Feb 21, 2019,
Feb 21, 2019, 1:43
In addition, federal investigators are looking into whether Smollett is responsible for a threatening letter addressed to him and sent to the Chicago studio for "Empire" about a week before the alleged attack. The Empire actor and his lawyers- Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson denied he had any role in his attack in recent statement, saying.
"Innocence prevailed", attorney Glorida Schmidt said.
This comes after brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who were suspects in the case, were set to testify that they were paid by the actor to stage the attack, before a grand jury in Chicago.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi released a statement Tuesday dismissing a tip that Smollett and the accomplices were in an elevator in the building on the same night of the attack, according to The Associated Press.
On Feb. 17, Chicago police said they're still seeking a follow-up interview with Smollett after receiving new information that "shifted" their investigation of a reported attack on the "Empire" actor.
What was especially weird was that one of the brothers had actually worked on Empire with Smollett as an extra.
"Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning", the statement said.
According to a Monday report by ABC News, law enforcement was investigating the two brothers who were questioned last week by police - Ola and Abel Osundairo - who had said that Smollett was upset the letter didn't get enough attention. Even liberals can't spin this for Jussie Smollett, the actor who appears to have faked a hate crime against him. The two men, aged 25 and 27, were released late Friday, 12 hours after police called them "possible suspects". He said the men-identified previously by police as two brothers from Nigeria-are in custody but have not been charged with a crime. He said the men also shouted: "This is Maga country", an apparent reference to Donald Trump's campaign slogan.
"The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of Empire is patently ridiculous", the network said in a statement on February 14.
Fox declined to comment.
Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers, said they would "keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf". He also alledged that they tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.
Police questioned two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, on February 15.