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CHICAGO – Video footage from a Chicago hardware store shows the two brothers connected to Jussie Smollett’s alleged attack buying a red hat and ski masks.
The items were bought on Jan. 28, a day before the alleged attack, CBS 2 Chicago reported Wednesday.
Smollett claimed he was beaten by two men wearing ski masks and red hats, who allegedly yelled, “This is [Make America Great Again] country,” and tied a rope around the “Empire” star’s neck on Jan. 29, CBS 2 reported. He also said that bleach was poured on him and the attackers yelled racial and homophobic epithets.
The brothers were arrested but then released on Friday.
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The Chicago Police Department classified Smollet as a suspect Wednesday.
“Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago Police for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement. “Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.”
Smollett’s attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a Sunday statement in response to suspicions over whether the attack was planned that it was “nothing further from the truth.”