Chicago Police reportedly have evidence that shows 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollet orchestrated his own attack according to a new report by CNN.
Two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation told CNN that Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault. The brothers, who were arrested Wednesday, were released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of "new evidence." The sources told CNN that the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement. The sources told CNN that there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett's neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.
In late January, Smollet reported that he was attacked by two men who were yelling racial slurs at him.
In his initial retelling of the crime, Smollet accused his assailants of pouring a liquid substance on him and then putting a rope around his neck. However, there were some who were immediately skeptical of his story.
In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Smollet said:
"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more. And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now."