'Empire' Cuts Jussie Smollett Scenes as Attack Investigation Takes Turn

Cardi B Tears Into Jussie Smollett: He ‘F—ed Up Black History Month’

Cardi B Tears Into Jussie Smollett: He ‘F—ed Up Black History Month’

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that both men claimed that Smollett directed them to make the attack physical but not to seriously hurt him. We are not homophobic, and we are not anti-Trump. He also alledged that they tied a rope around his neck and poured an unknown substance on him.

But some people nearly immediately began to question Smollett's story, since it seemed to change on several occasions. They did find and release images of two people they said they wanted to question.

Cardi B., Jussie Smollett, and Ava DuVernay.

Smollett also claimed the men yelled, "This is MAGA [Make America Great Again] country" while attacking him.

The director Ava DuVernay sent a tweet about Smollett as well and agreed with Cardi about Chicago police not having the best track record when it comes to having transparent investigations.

Producers of "Empire" dispute media reports that Smollett's character was being written off the show.

Smollett now is facing further questioning by the Chicago Police Department after two persons of interest (brothers from Nigeria, one of whom worked as a personal trainer on a music video of Smollett's) were released on Friday after additional interviews, and without being charged.

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Hours later, Chicago police release two men without charges after arresting them on suspicion of assaulting Smollett and holding them for almost 48 hours.

Two brothers were arrested and released in connection with the attack but are no longer suspects at this time, Chicago police said Monday.

CBS Chicago's Charlie De Mar reported Saturday that at least one of the brothers bought the rope at Craft Beaver hardware store in the days leading up to the alleged staged attack.

"[The Chicago Police Department] confirm to [Associated Press] report they're investigating a tip that on the night #JussieSmollett reported being attacked by two masked men he was in an elevator of his apartment building with two brothers".

According to a spokesman for Chicago Police Department, Anthony Guglielmi, the witness, who "lives in the building or was visiting someone there", told police he saw Smollett and the two brothers on the night of January 29, the date the attack allegedly took place, reports the AP.

The rapper said she is holding onto hope that Smollett is not lying.

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