REPORT: Cops Probe Whether Smollett Staged Attack

Chicago’s ABC News affiliate reports:

Chicago police confirmed Thursday that detectives are talking to two persons of interest in connection with the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of “Empire.”

A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday. A source briefed on the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that Chicago police are questioning the two persons of interest — one of whom has appeared on “Empire.”

TMZ reports:

Police raided the home of the two men who cops picked up at the O’Hare Airport Wednesday night, this according to WBBM TV reporter Charlie De Mar, who says he spoke to the family of the two men. Both men are Nigerian and were extras on “Empire.”

Based on what the cops have already said, it appears these are the same men who were captured on the surveillance video. According to the report, police seized 5 bottles of bleach, a red hat, 2 laptops and other items. We do not know the skin color of the 2 men from Nigeria.