New evidence suggests Empire star Jussie Smollet paid two men to orchestrate an assault on him, CNN reports.
Two brothers were arrested Wednesday but released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of “new evidence.”
Sources told CNN that the pair are cooperating with law enforcement.
The 36-year-old actor claims he was attacked in Chicago on January 29. He told police two masked men put a rope around his neck and poured a liquid on him that smelled like bleach.
CNN’s attempts Saturday to reach both Smollett’s representative and attorney were unsuccessful.