We're told when police raided the home of the 2 brothers they found magazines with pages torn out, and authorities are now trying to determine if the missing pages are connected to the threatening letter that was sent to Jussie 8 days before the alleged attack. He says the men beat him, poured some sort of chemical on him, and placed a rope around his neck - all while declaring, "This is MAGA country!"
She blamed him for "dog-whistling" and said the attitude purportedly exhibited in the "attack", opposition to homosexuality and opposition to blacks, was "coming from the president of the United States".
A report from The Blast on Monday indicated that Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are still investigating who was behind the letter that Smollett received at the Fox studio where "Empire" is recorded.
Jussie Smollett, an actor known for playing Jamal Lyon in United States hip-hop drama Empire, has been catapulted to an global platform after his claims of being a victim of a racist and homophobic attack have turned into one of Hollywood's most baffling mysteries.
Two law enforcement sources told CNN that CPD are now operating under the belief that Smollett paid the two brothers, who he knew from "Empire", to orchestrate an assault on him, however this has not been confirmed by law enforcement.
"We're not confirming, denying or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we've gotten", he said.
Abrams was among those critics against Roberts, telling her on Monday: "I have to say, Robin, even in the interview that you did, you were talking about the skeptics".
In no time flat, the Washington Post was running with the take, "I wish this had been true because the lie would be so much worse".
But by Friday night they had been released, Guglielmi said, "due to new evidence as a result of today's investigations".
Democratic politicians were quick to believe Smollett's account at the time and tweet out their condemnations, including Harris and other 2020 presidential candidates.
Sharpton was one of the first voices to condemn the reported January 29 attack on Smollett.
Anne Kavanagh is a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers.
In response, a person replied that although they "respect" DuVernay, they believe Smollett's entire case was "fishy from the start". They focused on the alleged hate crime as a microcosm for the ills of America in 2019 and how intolerance can lead to violent acts. The president said: "I think that's frightful".
"The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate - and especially against one of our own", the company said in a statement immediately after the reported attack.