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Over two weeks have passed since actor Jussie Smollett was beaten. Since then, the tours have been many.
New evidence suggests that Jussie Smollett should have paid two brothers to stage the assault, police sources say to CNN.
It was in late February that actor Jussie Smollett, known from the TV series “Empire”, reported an assault.
He was on his way home from a Subway restaurant when he was attacked. The perpetrators should have poured bleach on Smollett, attached a rope around his neck and beat him so that he broke the ribs.
The perpetrators should have shouted racist and homophobic words during the beat and shouted “This is MAGA-land!” (Maga is an acronym for Make America Great Again).
Smollett came out as gay 2015.
Two brothers were arrested
The support for Smollett was great, but during the weeks that have passed since the event, the tours have been many.
Rumors began to spread that Smollett would have staged the assault after finding out that his character in Empire would disappear from the series.
20th Century Fox, which produces Empire, has subsequently denied the rumors that Smollett would disappear from the Empire.
On Friday, US media reported that two brothers were arrested, suspected of being behind the beatings. They were then released on Friday night, local time.
Police sources: Paid the brothers
Now the story has taken another remarkable turn.
Two police sources to CNN state that new evidence has emerged that suggests that Smollett has staged the abuse. The police are now working on the theory that Smollett should have paid the two brothers to carry out the abuse.
The two brothers are reported to cooperate with the police.
The Chicago police have not yet commented on the new source data.