Chicago Police: Jussie Smollett No Longer Considered Victim in Assault Case

Jussie Smollett is no longer considered a victim in his assault case, says a Chicago police spokesperson.

Police said the "trajectory of the investigation" shifted after they questioned two Nigerian brothers who were released from custody Friday night without charges. TMZ says the brothers, who both worked as extras on Empire, "completely cooperated" with authorities during their interrogation, and apparently claimed they were paid $3500 to stage the attack.

Now police want a "follow-up interview" with theEmpire star before a grand jury hears the case early next week.

Jussie will most likely face some tough questions as evidence reportedly mounts against the actor.

According to TMZ, "At least one of the brothers turned over his phone and there is a call between him and Jussie in the vicinity of the 'attack,' but before it happened."

Sources tell the gossip blog that when police raided the home of the brothers "they found magazines with pages torn out, and authorities are now trying to determine if the missing pages are connected to the threatening letter that was sent to Jussie eight days before the alleged attack."

There's also evidence that the brothers had purchased the rope used in the alleged attack.

And if that isn't enough, TMZ sources say investigators didn't believe the attackers yelled, "This is MAGA country," because, "Not a single Trump supporter watches Empire."

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