Chicago police are looking for Empire actor Jussie Smollet, and are expected to arrest him for charges connected to his alleged fraudulent hate crime report.
But the police can’t find the Empire actor. Friends of Jussie tell MTO News that Jussie is missing, and possibly on the run.
CNN reported today that two law enforcement sources with knowledge of the investigation In Chicago Police believe Jussie Smollett paid two men to orchestrate the assault.
Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs." He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
The two Nigerian brothers, who were arrested Wednesday and released without charges Friday, are now cooperating fully with law enforcement, CNN reports.
The sources told CNN there are records that show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett's neck at a hardware store in Chicago.Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, issued a statement to CNN Saturday night saying Smollett was angry about these latest developments.
"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," the statement read. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."
Jussie Smollett told police that two White Trump supporters attacked him early January 29 and were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs." He said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
If he indeed lied about the incident, he faces up to 5 years in prison, according to Chicago prosecutors.