The brothers, who were arrested Wednesday, were released without charges Friday after Chicago police cited the discovery of "new evidence." The sources told CNN that the two men are now fully cooperating with law enforcement.
Smollett told authorities he was attacked early January 29 by two men who were "yelling out racial and homophobic slurs."
The sources told CNN that there are records that show the two brothers bought the rope found around Smollett's neck at an Ace Hardware store in Chicago.
"It feels like I was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot more," Smollett said. "
The development of the story – more to come