Two brothers who were interrogated about an attack on the Imperial star, Yussey Smollett, know that the actor is working on the show and also spent time with him in the gym, according to their lawyer.
But Gloria Schmidt denied they had anything to do with the attack on Streetwill at the end of last month, when police sources argued that detectives were investigating the possibility that Smollett had organized an incident with brothers.
"They are surprised at why they are interested people," Schmidt told CBS-Ch. 2. "This is a terrible thing that happened to Jussie, but it's not my guys."
Anthony Gugelmi, police spokesman, said that both "are not considered suspects at this time
The source of law enforcement said The "Tribune" that two men who were black and 20 years old were taken to a midnight interrogation at O'Hara International Airport.
Guglie Lmi said that detectives could track the movement of people through cells in an area where an attack occurred at around 2:00 on January 29 at 300 blocks of East Water Street. He did not release other details, but a source familiar with the investigation said that at least one of the men was traced through a train ride service.
On Thursday night nobody answered the door of the brothers of the North side. townhouse One of the neighbors said that police officers were in the middle of the house, and one of the doors was damaged. Another neighbor called the brothers "actors".
Smollett told the police that he had returned from the subway store in his apartment building, when two men shouted at him racial and homophobic appeals, struck him and wound him with a rope around his neck, shouting, "This is the country of MAGA ! "Smollett is a black, open gay activist and activist for LGBT rights.
The day the police announced that they had taken the custody brothers, Smolt lett gave his first television interview about the incident and tried to stop the doubts that arose as a result of the attack.
"I greatly respect people – I am now one of those people who have been attacked in any way," he told Robin Roberts, co-founder of the Good Morning America.
Smollett said that he believes that two people captured on video by the police are his attackers, although the photos that were released are dark and blurry.
The reason … I was there, "he replied when" GMA "Roberts asked how he was sure. "For me, when it was released, I was:" Well, we're getting somewhere ", do you know what I'm saying? Yes, yes, I have no doubt that they are. Never did. "
A week before the attack, Smollett told the police that he had received a threatening letter at work. Witnesses told the police that the postman had dropped a letter from the Chicago studio, where the Empire was filmed. He was a postmark in the southwestern suburban Bedford Park on January 18 and was wearing two American flag stamps. The letters MAGA were written in the upper left corner of the envelope.
Smollett said that a tree figure shows a stick with the words: "Smollett Jussie, you die black" (196: 00). I also did it? – asked Smollett in an interview with Roberts.
Police did not say if they believe they are two related incidents, and so far they are being investigated separately: the FBI letter and the alleged assault by the Chicago Police.
Chicago detectives turned to Smollett's phone records, because shortly after he reported the attack, he said that by telephone with the manager when it happened. PDF files that were not edited were edited
"They wanted me to give up my phone technology for three to four hours. I'm sorry, but I will not do it, "Smollett said. "Because I have private photos, videos and numbers: my partner number, my family number, my friends 'numbers, my friends' numbers, my private letters, my private songs, my private voice notes."
He added: I do not know what it will be, send your phone – and honestly, until then, inaccurate, false statements have already been made. "
During his first interview after the attack, Smollett said that he believed. Two people in the video are his attackers.
"Because … I was there," he answered, when "GMA's" Roberts asked how he was sure. "For me, when it was released, I was:" Well, we're getting somewhere ", do you know what I'm saying? Yes, yes, I have no doubt that they are. Never done.