Multiple sources have told ABC7 Eyewitness News that police are investigating whether Smollett and the two men staged the attack allegedly because Smollett was being written off of “Empire.”
A source familiar with the investigation told the ABC7 I-Team that Smollett failed to appear for an interview with detectives earlier Thursday, but has since spoken with police.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson contacted ABC7 to say they are continuing to treat Smollett as a victim and the investigation remains ongoing.
Chicago police told ABC News, “Police are investigating whether the two individuals committed the attack – or whether the attack happened at all.”
At that time, the reports from the scene indicates that it was a Trump-laden attack on the actor..
Chicago police now say during a follow-up interview with Smollett, he recalled the suspects shouting about “MAGA Country.”
10:45 AM PT: Police are currently searching for video evidence of the alleged attack.
8:59 AM PT: — Smollett told police the chemical substance thrown in his face was bleach. We’re told officials are currently running tests to verify the chemicals.
That was then..
THIS IS NOW..
Late tonight… denials persist..