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Brothers tied to alleged attack on Jussie Smollett meet with prosecutors, detectives

Brothers tied to alleged attack on Jussie Smollett meet with prosecutors, detectives

Chicago's top prosecutor recused herself from the investigation into the attack reported by "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett shortly after police requested another interview with the actor.

The statement by 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment follows reports that Smollett's role on the show was being slashed amid police investigations into reported attack.

On Monday, CBS Chicago reported that law enforcement officials had reason to believe that Smollett concocted the attack on himself because he was upset that a threatening letter he received the week before the attack did not get a "bigger reaction".

As reports surface that Jussie allegedly paid his attackers, the two men "could also be charged with felony disorderly conduct" if they admit to participating in the "hoax", the attorney said.

However, Smollett's account is now being challenged, with police investigating whether or not he paid two acquaintances, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, to stage the attack.

Jussie Smollett has one final stand to make in his assault case towards Chicago police before the case will be heard before a grand jury.

Smollett could face charges of filing a false report if it is proven that he lied about the entire incident.

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Police tell FOX 32 the brothers did not testify before a grand jury. Smollett's family said he "has told the police everything" and "his story has never changed", disputing assertions leveled on social media that he had been less than cooperative and changed his story.

Police have said their investigation has shifted in light of new information.

February 16-CBS 2's Charlie De Mar reports at least one of the brothers purchased the rope at the Crafty Beaver hardware store. Police said they've requested a follow-up interview with Smollett. He said they doused him with a chemical, draped a noose around his neck and yelled "this is MAGA country", all as he was walking from a restaurant at 2 a.m.in 10 degree weather.

On Feb. 13, Chicago police picked up two men they identified as Nigerian brothers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on their return from Nigeria after police learned at least one worked on "Empire". "He has been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack".

Smollett-Bell, who starred in the TV series "Underground" and voiced the character of Chrysta in "Sofia the First", reposted the image from her brother Jocqui, who also posted an image of a tweet in support of Jussie Smollett.

Law enforcement sources told TMZ that both men claimed that Smollett directed them to make the attack physical but not to seriously hurt him. "Nothing is further from the truth".

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