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Police release two men questioned in Jussie Smollett attack
Chicago police released without charges two men who were arrested on suspicion of assaulting actor Jussie Smollett, The Associated Press reported Saturday.
Authorities said they have new information after questioning the two men, the AP reported.
"The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement late Friday, without offering further details.
The two men, who are brothers and U.S. citizens of Nigerian descent, were arrested Friday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport in connection with a reported racist and homophobic attack against the "Empire" star last month.
Guglielmi said police searched the two men's apartment, but did not give any information on what was found.
A spokeswoman for Smollett declined to comment to the AP on the release of the two men Friday.
Smollett has said two men shouted, "This is MAGA country!" at him, beat him and placed a rope around his neck late last month. The actor, who is black and gay, says a chemical was also poured on him. Police have been investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.
Police have not yet found video of the attack but are contacting stores to try to find who bought the rope.
Law enforcement earlier this week shot down speculation that the attack was a hoax, confirming Smollett "continues to be treated by police as a victim, not a suspect."