"Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete", Guglielmi said.
Cops apparently "especially want to make sure" that Jussie does not have any contact with either of the brothers.
Yes, it's TMZ, which isn't exactly known for its cautious approach to reporting.
It's a tricky scenario, and the grand jury may shed more light on it this coming week.
"We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation", spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement to the press.
Police are now keen to re-interview Smollett about his alleged assault.
Guglielmi said Sunday the interview had not yet been conducted.
Why, as an outspoken gay black man with a long history of casting aspersions on Trump, would he not immediately file a police report about an incident that seemingly confirmed his worst fears?
It comes on the heels of a report that the 36-year-old actor would not be meeting with law enforcement for a "follow-up interview" Monday, following the arrest and release of the two potential suspects in connection with the case.
"Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying", Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said in a statement.
Smollett gave an emotional speech during a concert in West Hollywood, California, on February 2 saying that he went ahead with the show because he couldn't let his attackers win. The two were let go without charge and reports leaked that they had given information to authorities that Jussie Smollett orchestrated the attack and even paid for the rope that was used as a noose. "Congrats Jussie!" Kosta said.
Police later found that the camera actually picked up nothing - because it was pointed in the wrong direction.
Since the first report of Smollett being hospitalized on January 29, there have been conflicting reports and confusion over the details of the alleged hate crime.
Or because it's Chicago.
Get push notifications with news, features and more. Five, maybe? It would have made it pretty easy for police to track down any "MAGA country" claims. But AT&T, which owns HBO, TNT, and CNN, says they won't be taking your bets.
Their statement came after sources told USA media that police believed he may have paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack on 29 January. In practice, it is extremely unlikely either Smollett or those promoting his hoax will ever answer for it.
It may have had its desired immediate effect, too.
Smollett was also backed by Democrat presidential hopefuls Cory Booker (D-New Jersey) and Kamala Harris (D-California), chair of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff (D-California) and the rising party star Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), to name just a few. Smollett may yet be proven accurate, but that's not the way things look at the moment.