The arrested men were the same men whom the police had previously considered "potential suspects", according to Tom Aharne, Deputy Chief of Police in Chicago. requires.
Earlier Friday, police spokesman Anthony Gullielmi said two Nigerian brothers were treated as "potential suspects," and that detectives had "a likely reason to have been involved in a suspected crime."
The police did not say at the time exactly what the brethren were accused of, or what the alleged crime could have been.
Smollett, one of the stars of the Empire, told authorities that he was attacked early on January 29 men who lobbied "racial and homophobic insults" in him.
After a brief struggle, both men escaped, and Smolet told the police that an assailant claimed to have put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical on it.
"The interrogation will continue today with the two individuals and their attorney," Gullielmi said in a statement Friday. "Although we have not found a video to document the alleged attack, there is no evidence that this is a scam."
"The alleged victim cooperated at that time and continues to be treated as a victim, not as a suspect," he added.
Police reported on Thursday that they were questioning the two men after their meeting at Chicago International Airport O'Hare on Wednesday evening, but at that time they were not considered suspects. Their apartment was searched by police earlier this week.
One of the brothers appeared in the show "Imperia", according to the police.
The authorities previously released photographs of observing two outlined figures in the area of the attack, which they said were wanted to be interrogated.
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