Jussie Smollett's lawyers deny he orchestrated attack

Jussie Smollett a cast member in the TV series 'Empire,' seen at the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation afterparty in New York

Jussie Smollett a cast member in the TV series 'Empire,' seen at the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation afterparty in New York

'He has now been further victimised by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reported that Smollett has also retained the services of criminal defense lawyer Michael Monico, a former IL federal prosecutor who is also representing President Donald Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen.

After Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo and Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo were arrested on Wednesday, their lives were turned upside down - their apartment was raided and they spent nearly 48 hours in the company of Chicago police officers before they were released with no charges. Schmidt declined to comment Saturday on the reports but said the brothers had completed their cooperation with the police.

Smollett, who is black and gay, has said two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA country!" beat him and looped a rope around his neck early on January 29 before running away.

USA actor Jussie Smollett has denied a homophobic attack he claims to be the victim of was staged after reports police believe he paid men to do it.

The brothers were detained by cops on Thursday after they were named as "persons of interest" and later described as "potential suspects".

Earlier this week, CBS Chicago published an article which cited a "top source" - apparently investigators - who said the incident was a "staged attack".

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He was questioned again over the attack last week and two suspects were arrested - two brothers - but released following questioning and without charging.

Twentieth Century Fox Television, the producer of "Empire" released a statement on Thursday saying the idea that Smollett has been, or would be, written out of the show was "patently ridiculous", and that they continue to stand behind him. The brothers' attorney said both knew Smollett. It was alleged that two men put a noose around Jussie's neck, threw bleach on him, and had attacked him based upon his sexual orientation and race. The Osundairo brothers were once extras on Empire and appear to have been friends with Smollett.

Smollett's account of events has been challenged by doubters on social media who have questioned why he initially resisted handing over his cell phone to police and why later he gave them only a heavily redacted record of his calls around the time of the incident. Over the weekend, unnamed sources told ABC News and CNN that they believe Smollett allegedly paid the brothers to attack him.

Smollett's attorneys later Saturday issued a statement saying the actor would continue to cooperate with police, but felt "victimized" by reports that he might have been involved in the attack.

"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I also resent that narrative", he said.

No further details about the investigation have been given by the police.

As we've come to the he said, they said portion of the drama, Twitter has plenty of opinions. "I'm not gonna go out and get a tuna sandwich and a salad to meet somebody".

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