The Jussie Smollett case

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Dave Chappelle Rips Jussie Smollett over Hoax Hate Crime Kevin Winter Getty Images for NARAS Frederick M. Brown Getty Images19 Feb 2019

He says he is working with authorities and has been '100 percent factual and consistent on every level'.

The brothers allege that they were paid $3,500 by Smollett to stage the attack, with another $500 promised by Smollett upon their return from Nigeria. She even suggested the Chicago police may be "racists".

Initial investigation reports identified two men via surveillance cameras in the same area as Smollett during the time of the reported assault. They were identified using records from a ride sharing service.

February 13 - Police raid the home of two brothers, identified as Ola and Abel Osundairo.

Both had worked on Empire and they were known to be close to Smollett.

Jussie Smollett's role on "Empire" will be cut back as the Chicago police department investigates the actor's claims he was attacked, according to reports.

Producers of "Empire" dispute media reports that Smollett's character was being written off the show.

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Andrew Weisberg, former prosecutor and current criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Andrew M. Weisberg, EXCLUSIVELY spoke to HollywoodLife on what Jussie faces if those stories prove true (so far, nothing has been confirmed). I don't want to completely blame him, because somebody I was talking to, they said police in Chicago are racists. He says the men are in custody but have not been charged with a crime.

Police on Friday said the men were being viewed as "potential suspects" and that detectives had "probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime".

Yesterday CBS 2 in Chicago reported that the brothers claimed Smollett himself had concocted the street attack after a previous hate mail story didn't have the impact he was hoping for.

"When a story is too ideal to be true, it probably is", Shapiro said of the allegations lodged by Smollett. From his perspective, the fact that there have been multiple "leaks" of information coming to the media from police sources is the greatest cause for concern.

Police want to ask Smollett additional questions about the attack he reported on January 29, but as of Tuesday morning, Smollett's attorneys had not indicated when their client will be available to talk to police.

Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate.

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded no contest to not only driving under the influence of alcohol, but also for driving without a license and giving law enforcement false information in 2007.

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