The Chicago police said on Saturday that they had appealed to the lawyer of the star of the empire, Yussi Smolletta, because they still want to talk to Smollett after the release of two brothers they interrogated about reporting an attack on an actor.
Twelve hours after calling them "suspected suspects," the police released their brothers late, without indictting any "new evidence" that they did not disclose.
"Detectives have additional investigative work to complete"
Outside the southern police station, where two days were taken, their lawyer told journalists in the evening that "innocence prevails" but is unclear why her clients were taken into custody and why they were released.
"My boys go home, they are not accused, they are not suspects in this case," said lawyer Gloria Schmidt.
Police sources said detectives were conducting an investigation The possibility that Smollett had brothers to defraud the attack at about 2:00 January 29 in Streeterville. Schmidt said the brothers worked with Smollett on an "empire" and used the same gym.
Remained the idea that Smollett had created an attack, – said Schmidt. I am not part of the defense of Jussie, I am not part of what is happening to him, I can just tell you that my boys (are) are innocent in the charge and they go home.
Asked about the "new evidence" mentioned by the police, Schmidt said: "Obviously, I had this. Obviously, this was my clients, but I think it took the issue of coordination." She did not say that
Schmidt was not available for comment on Saturday, the Chicago Criminal Defender, Michael Monico, who represents Smollett, declined to comment, the efforts to reach the brothers were unsuccessful
Men were arrested on Wednesday after as detectives traced their movements on observation cameras in the area of St. Str Itwill, where, according to Smollett, two men shouted at his racial and homophobic passions of his neck shouting: "This is the land of MAGA!"
Smollett, in his first television interview, said on Thursday that he Two people captured by these cameras are his attackers. "Because … I was there," he said to Robin Roberts, co-founder of Good Amber America. "I have no doubt that they are. They never did."
Smollett told the police that the attack took place in the area of 300 East Water Street when he walked from the sandwich to the subway. Brothers, who are 20 years old and are black, were tracked through recordings of the action, according to police sources.
Brothers both are looking for actors who have posted online auditions Including The scene in which each of them was questioned by the police for the murder, in 2016, they signed the "Model" and "Talents" agency Babes & # 39; Beaus, according to Don Underwood, one of the owners of the Hinsdale agency. with NBC episode "Chicago DR" last year.
Both of them had a role in the 2017 Indie film "Worst nightmare." One of them also participated in the movie "Chi-Cancer" in the movie "Spike Lee 2015". 19659002] No brother was enrolled in the work on "Empir e" shown on the Fox network, although the older brother said in an interview to 2015 that he was playing a prison guard for the character of Chris Rock. Rock star star at the premiere of Season 2 "Empire" in 2015.
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. In the upper left corner of the envelope the letters "MAGA" were written.
Smollett said that the stick figure showed hanging from a tree with the words "Smollett Jussie, you die black (explicit)."
"I did it too?" – asked Smollett in an interview with Robert Roberts.
The police did not say if they considered two incidents related, and while they are being investigated separately – a letter from the FBI and supposedly
Meanwhile, the production of the "Empire" is scheduled to continue next week with shooting near the Western side, according to information, located in the online database on the permission of the city's movie. It is unclear if Smollett will take part in this photo.