Arrested men were the same people as previously referred to in the police as "potential suspects," says Tom Ahern, deputy director of Chicago police communications
Earlier on Thursday, police spokeswoman Anthony Guglielmi said that two Nigerian brothers were considered "potential suspects" and that detectives had "a likely reason that they might have been involved in a suspected crime."
The police did not say at the time exactly what the accused brothers were or what could have been a crime.
Smollett, one of the stars of the "Empire," told the authorities that he had been attacked on 29 January by men who followed him as "racial and homophobic crimes."
After a short struggle, both men fled, and Smollett told the police that one of the attackers allegedly laid a rope around his neck and poured on him an unknown chemical.
"The interrogations will be resumed today with two people and their lawyer," Guglieli said in a statement on the eve. "Although we have not found any videos that document the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax."
"The alleged victim is cooperating at that time and continues to treat her as a victim, not a suspect," he added.
The police said they were asking two men after meeting with them on Wednesday night at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, but at that time they were not considered to be suspects. Their apartment was searched by the police at the beginning of the week.
One of the brothers was on the Empire show, reports police.
Authorities have previously published pictures of the observation of two illuminated figures in the area of the attack, which, in their words, were sought for questioning. in which he rejected a message that he said he told the police that the attackers were wearing hats from America.
"I have never talked about it," he said. "I did not need to add anything like that. They called me af **** t, they called me **** r. There's no way you cut it. I do not need a MAGA hat like
Updates: This is a developing story and will continue to be updated.