Jussie Smollett Case: Colin Kaepernick's Attorney Calls Out Police Sources

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The Empire actor, who identifies as gay, claimed he was assaulted by two men who flung racial and homophobic slurs at him, put a rope around his neck and then doused him with an "unknown chemical substance".

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

Eric Schiffer of Reputation Management Consultants said to The Daily Caller News Foundation that Smollett's career and reputation could end if the alleged attack turned out to be fake.

Hours later, Chicago police pick up two Nigerian brothers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport on their return from Nigeria.

According to the report, the men were released after agreeing to cooperate with investigators.

However, a troubling spot on Jussie's record has been identified by NBC News.

Holes in the story really started to show when brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo were taken into custody as people of interest for being in the vicinity of where the attack took place.

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Both had worked on Empire and they were known to be close to Smollett. They also rehearsed the attack.

The investigation into the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has gotten complicated.

"We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation", the Chicago Police Department said in a statement this weekend. There was no immediate information about what they discussed.

The USPIS confirmed to TheWrap that the agency was assisting the FBI in investigating the letter, but declined to comment any further on the nature of the investigation - including whether it involves any role Smollett might have played - except to say that the agency is on call to assist the FBI.

A police spokesman said the two are no longer considered suspects and that investigators have "new evidence" to consider as a result of questioning them.

Smollett claims he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago apartment January 29, but suspicion has since emerged that he paid two friends to help stage the assault. "Jussie will continue to cooperate with the investigation in an appropriate and respectful manner".

The case of U.S. actor Jussie Smollett's alleged assault has taken an unexpected turn after reports surfaced that the actor may have orchestrated the attack himself, prompting civil rights activist Al Sharpton to announce Sunday that Smollett should face "accountability to the maximum" if it is confirmed that the attack was indeed staged.

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