Jussie Smollett's Story Has Race Discrepancy https://t.co/74Wq0HZqWy— TMZ (@TMZ) February 15, 2019
According to TMZ, police have positively identified the two men they are currently questioning as the men seen on the surveillance video the night of the attack, and the men - who are brothers - are Nigerians who were both extras on Smollett's show "Empire". They are now being described by police as 'suspects'.
Smollett has identified his attackers as white. TMZ says they have confirmed that the two Nigerian brothers are black. Smollett said during his Good Morning America interview on Thursday that he is positive the two men on the video are the ones who attacked him.
The men left for Nigeria right after the attack but police ID'd them through phone and transportation records and were waiting for them at O'Hare airport when they returned Wednesday night.
The brothers' lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, says their home was raided and searched by police and that they are acquaintances of Smollett who have no idea why they are suspects: “When they first learned about what happened to him they were horrified. This is someone they know. This is someone they’ve worked with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that.”
Sorry, everyone - I submitted this post 12 hours before it was posted, before the last post on this case was even up. I just woke up and am now updating with more current information.
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