Brothers who were arrested on Wednesday were released without charge on the night after the Chicago police announced the discovery of "new evidence". Sources told CNN that two men are now fully cooperating with law enforcement agencies.
Smollett told the authorities that he had been attacked by two men in early January who "screamed for racial and homophobic insults." He said that one of the attackers laid a rope around his neck and poured him an unknown chemical.
Sources told CNN that there are records that show that two brothers bought a rope found around the neck Smollett at Ace Hardware in Chicago.
"It seems that if I said that it is Muslim or Mexican or someone black, I feel that doubts would support me a lot more," Smollett said. "And it says a lot about the place where we are now as a country."
CNN's attempts to reach both Smollett's representative and a lawyer on Saturday were unsuccessful.
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