Source Fox 32 Chicago @RaferWeigel: Latest on Jussie Smollett: Several Chicago Police Department sources confirmed; detectives were able to show the 2 Nigerian brothers interrogated by police had bought rope at an Ace hardware store; the same type found around the neck of Smollett. The brothers went along with police, and are cooperating with the investigating.
Whether Smollett made up the story after police threatened to charge them with battery. The brother’s attorney said, “both brothers knew Smollett”. There are unconfirmed reports that Smollett paid the two brothers to perform the alleged scheme.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, ”the two were arrested for “probable cause” of committing assault and battery on the “‘Empire’ cast member” but had not been charged as of Friday afternoon. Smollett, who is gay and Jewish, has said two masked men beat him after shouting racial and homophobic slurs and tied a rope around his neck early on January 29.”
The singer and actor said, “that the attackers yelled “this is MAGA country,” referencing US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan. Smollett told ABC News that earlier reports from some outlets that his attackers were wearing “MAGA” hats were inaccurate.”