Update: Chicago Police investigated the tip which was dismissed.
Chicago Police are investigating a tip that Jussie Smollett and brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, who were arrested in connection with the case and later released, were together the night of the alleged attack.
According to the Associated Press, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says a person in Smollett’s apartment building claims they saw Smollett and the brothers together in an elevator together that night. Detectives are currently looking into the claim.
The brothers were arrested on Wednesday but released without charges on Friday. Multiple unnamed sources have stated that the brothers told police Smollett paid them to help stage the attack. Guglielmi did not confirm that information but told the Associated Press that “the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation.”
As police continue to investigate the case, TMZ reports that “Empire” has cut Smollett’s scenes from the second to last episode of the season, which is currently filming. Smollett portrays Jamal Lyon, the gay singer and son of Lucious Lyon. Smollett was meant to appear in nine scenes in the episode but the number has been reduced to four. One of the cut scenes was a major musical number. Smollett will no longer be the focus of the rest of the remaining four scenes which has shifted to feature an ensemble.
The Blast reports that Smollett is looking to hire defense attorney Mark Geragos, who helped Colin Kaepernick settle a major grievance case against the NFL. Smollett is reportedly letting his Chicago legal team work on the investigation into his alleged attack and hopes Geragos can help manage the media and conduct interviews on his behalf. Geragos has also represented cases for Chris Brown, Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder.