Brothers Told Police Jussie Smollett Behind Sending Himself Hate Letter

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Two brothers who cops suspect were hired by Empire star Jessie Smollett to stage a bogus attack.

A resident or someone visiting Smollett's Chicago apartment told the cops that they saw the actor in the elevator with Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo late in the night of the assault.

The USPIS confirmed to TheWrap that the agency was assisting the FBI in investigating the letter, but declined to comment any further on the nature of the investigation - including whether it involves any role Smollett might have played - except to say that the agency is on call to assist the FBI.

There are no plans for Jussie Smollett to meet with Chicago police today. "We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens".

The details of the attack and the information released by the Chicago Police Department over the last two weeks continues to cause a heated debate on social media over those who believe Smollett and are tired of the Chicago Police Department's troubled history, and those who unabashedly believe Smollett was complicit in planning the attack against himself. "Detectives have some follow-ups to complete, which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident", police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says.

January 30 - Chicago police release a surveillance image of "two persons of interest".

"Smollett's attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf". "He has been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. That character uses the same racial slurs Smollett told police his attackers screamed at him, including "f****t" and 'n****r'".

"Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying", the statement from attorney's Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement. Smollett could be charged with felony filing a false police report. "His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice".

"I'm really disappointed in him, bro", Cardi B said.

"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more", Smollett said. That combined with the fact that police had seized stamps and magazines (from which the cut-out letters used to create the hate mail may have come) suggested police were already looking to see if the letter was also part of the hoax.

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