The comments were from Rod Dreher, author of "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation", and Daily Caller reporter Jen Kerns. Due to new evidence, the department said changed the direction of the investigation. "We should all be united in fighting racism and homophobia".
Police sources told United States media the pair had bought rope used in the attack at a nearby hardware store. Another spokeswoman, Anne Kavanagh, later said she couldn't comment on whether Smollett had agreed to another interview.
He also denied reports that he told police the attackers wore "Make America Great Again" hats.
Smollett, who is black and gay, claims two masked men yelling racial and anti-gay slurs attacked him as he was returning to his Chicago apartment at approximately 2 a.m. on January 29.
Smollett's own celebrity and activism for the rights of the LGBTQ community helped raise the profile of the case even more. I'm not gonna say yet, until he said out his mouth, that it was fake the s##t was staged, I don't want to completely blame him. He was the underdog, the odds were stacked against him. My own relative told me I was wasting my time, going state to state, knocking on doors for this guy with the amusing name.
"I'm not going to stop believing people who say they have suffered", Gay wrote.
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When Jussie Smollett released his debut album "Sum of My Music" a year ago, he was riding high.
In recent days, Chicago police questioned and released two brothers who were originally identified as persons of interest and then potential suspects. "We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview", the statement read. One of the men worked as an extra on Empire, and both know Smollett from the show, according to their attorney.
Pamela Sharp, a spokeswoman for Smollett, said Sunday that there were no updates "as of now".
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson apologized on Monday for calling the alleged attack on Jussie Smollett "an attempted modern-day lynching" - amid reports claiming it was all a hoax. "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying".
On Monday's show, Roberts addressed her conversation with the Empire star, and noted that Chicago police believed Smollett's account of what happened to him was credible. Our sources say the brothers performed per the rehearsal - they screamed out they recognized Jussie from "Empire" and then hurled the racist n-word and the homophobic f-word.
Booker, who is running for president, was one of several Democrats to weigh in on initial reports of the attack.
The Daily Caller reported, however, that "others have yet to retract their original statements..."