Jussie Smollett Will Not Be Meeting With Police Monday, Attorneys Say
The actor and his lawyers have vehemently denied accusations the attack was a hoax or that the 'Empire' star fabricated parts of the assault.
Jussie Smollett will not be meeting with Chicago police on Monday, despite reports he would, his lawyers said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, "will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf. We have no further comment today," the statement reads.
The 36-year-old actor has been embroiled in controversy since he reported being assaulted last month by two men who he alleged were Donald Trump supporters and he said targeted him for being black and gay. The police report also stated a chemical was poured on Smollett and a rope was tied around his neck.
Two suspects were arrested in the case, but they were later freed. Police said the "trajectory" of the investigation had shifted but offered no specifics.
"We can confirm that the information received from the individuals [arrested and later released] questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has, in fact, shifted the trajectory of the investigation," police said over the weekend.
The two individuals were later identified as brothers — Ola and Abel Osundairo. On Monday, they broke their silence and spoke briefly with Chicago news station CBS2.
“We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens," the brothers said in a statement to the station.
Their lawyer, Gloria Schmidt, also gave the station a statement. “In due course, all the facts will reveal themselves and at the end of the day my clients are honest and credible."
Smollett and his lawyers have vehemently denied accusations the attack was a hoax or that the actor fabricated parts of the assault.
Feb. 18, 11:48 a.m. Updated with a statement from Ola and Abel Osundairo.