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Key Moments Since Jussie Smollett Reported Chicago Attack

Key Moments Since Jussie Smollett Reported Chicago Attack”

Smollett told police that two men attacked him at 2am, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck.

State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself Tuesday from the investigation surrounding "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett's alleged attack. Smollett's lawyers say the actor feels "victimized" by reports that he played a role in the assault. But CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports those plans were abruptly scrapped after a "Hail Mary" call from Smollett's defense team.

In a statement, 20th Century Fox Television, which produces the series "Empire" on which Smollett appears, and Fox Entertainment expressed support for the actor Wednesday.

Police couldn't find surveillance video of the attack but questioned two men who were initially deemed as suspects but who were released on Friday. However, later in the day, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that the tip was unfounded.

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The statement said one of the brothers was Smollett's personal trainer, the first time he has acknowledged knowing either of them. In another insane twist, an anonymous source told CBS Chicago that Smollett made a decision to stage his own attack after the letter didn't get a "bigger reaction", but the news station also reports that Smollett may have actually been responsible for the letter in the first place.

Actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends an Empire event in LA in 2016.

TMZ reports the two brothers, who were once suspects, admit to rehearsing the altercation between them and Smollett.

Brothers Abel (left) and Ola Osundairo (right) were released without charge last week after allegedly telling police Smollett paid them to perform the attack.

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Smollett, who has hired a prominent criminal defence attorney, said his assailants used racial and homophobic slurs and yelled "This is MAGA country" - a reference to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

Chicago PD refused to comment on the speculation that the attack was a hoax but acknowledged that the investigation has "shifted". However, the Chicago Police Department is now saying that the account is baseless. Guglielimi said police reached out to Smollett's attorney, but said an interview has not been conducted.

Police questioned two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, on February 15.

- Chicago police say Smollett turned over some, but not all, of the phone records detectives requested as part of their investigation. They have denied that Smollett staged the attack, and said he will continue to cooperate.

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