Published: Thu, February 21, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

Smollett gave false information in 2007 case

The video was shared on Wednesday as Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and police in Chicago. There was no immediate information about what they discussed. During the attack, Smollett said the men poured a chemical substance on him and tied a rope around his neck. Guglielimi said police reached out to Smollett's attorney, but said an interview has not been conducted.

The sources told CNN there are records that show two brothers - who attorney Gloria Schmidt identified as Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo - purchased the rope found around Smollett's neck at a hardware store in Chicago. Police have requested another interview with Smollett. The Empire actor and his lawyers- Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson denied he had any role in his attack in recent statement, saying. Representatives for "Empire" co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, as well as showrunner Brett Mahoney, did not return our request for comment, and neither did Smollett's team.

A California misdemeanor complaint against Smollett in 2007 shows that he pleaded no contest to giving false information to police when he was pulled over for driving while under the influence. He additionally signed his younger brother's name on the promise to appear in court.

He later completed an alcohol education and treatment program and completed the terms of his sentence in May 2008.

Reports of an assault on Smollett drew outrage and support for him on social media from some politicians and celebrities.

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State's Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself Tuesday from the investigation surrounding the alleged attack.

'Based on those prior conversations and out of an abundance of caution, last week State's Attorney Foxx chose to remove herself from the decision making in this matter and delegated it to her First Assistant Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor, ' a spokesman for her office said. Asked who Foxx is familiar with, Simonton said Foxx would have no further comment.

Smollett, who is African American and openly gay, has said that at about 2 a.m. on January 29, while walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street, two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, declared, "This is MAGA country", hit him and wrapped a rope around his neck. He also claimed they told him that it was "MAGA country", a reference to Donald Trump's campaign slogan.

Smollett's family issued a statement calling the attack a racial and homophobic hate crime. He's wanted for more questioning.

February 15 - The two brothers questioned by police are released from custody and are no longer considered suspects, police say. They chose the spot outside of Smollett's apartment because the actor thought that the surveillance camera in the area would have caught it all on film. While initially the two were considered possible suspects, their cooperation has led the investigation in the direction of Smollett himself.

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