"Because like somebody that I was talking to said, police in Chicago are racist so they might try to frame him and make him look like he's a liar", she said.
The brothers were arrested Wednesday but released Friday without charges after Guglielmi said investigators received "new evidence". "Politically those on the right may call for Smollett to be prosecuted as a hate crime for spewing an incitement of hatred against millions of MAGA members and white people".
Eric Schiffer of Reputation Management Consultants said to The Daily Caller News Foundation that Smollett's career and reputation could end if the alleged attack turned out to be fake.
Smollett continues to deny any wrongdoing.
The case comes as Chicago Police Department (CPD) seek to meet with Smollett over an alleged attack.
Smollett now is facing further questioning by the Chicago Police Department after two persons of interest (brothers from Nigeria, one of whom worked as a personal trainer on a music video of Smollett's) were released on Friday after additional interviews, and without being charged. He said they also yelled he was in "MAGA Country", an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.
After reports surfaced that the Smollett incident may have been staged, Harris told a reporter that "the facts are still unfolding".
The police questioned two Nigerian brothers - and then released them over the weekend. It also has been learned that the two men were extras on "Empire".
"The FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are now investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to him at "Empire's" Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack", ABC News reported, after confirming with two federal officials. But Jussie Smollett is definitely resisting making any more statements to police. "This is charged where a person reports to police that an offense took place when they knew at the time of the report that no crimes was actually committed", Weisberg explained. Smollett did not talk to the police on Tuesday, according to a source close to the actor.
"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more", Smollett said.