The Nigerian brothers who were accused of assaulting Jussie Smollett last month were released without charge, ABC reports. The two men, Ola and Abel Osundairo, are no longer suspects in the attack. Surveillance footage confirms that they were on the scene, which Chicago police are continuing to investigate.
“Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.
“Yes, they are confirmed to be the men on scene by surveillance video,” Chicago police confirmed. “The reason why they were there is now central to the investigation and we can’t get into that at this time.”
TMZ reported that the Osundairo brothers have been extras on Empire for a few years now and Abel has a close relationship with Smollett. It was recently alleged that the brothers and Smollett staged this attack because he is being written out of the FOX drama. Smollett’s reps deny that he is being written out of the show.
“The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of EMPIRE is patently ridiculous. He remains a core player on this very successful series and we continue to stand behind him,” Fox Entertainment said in a statement.
The brothers were arrested Feb. 15th and released later that evening. Their homes were raided on Feb. 13th and many items were seized shoes, electronic devices, bleach and other items.