The two men who were arrested in connection to the attack on Jussie Smollett have been released “due to new evidence” from interrogations on Friday.
Brothers Obabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo were taken into custody on Wednesday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport upon their return from Nigeria.
They were interviewed as persons of interest on Thursday and their home was raided with police who took multiple items into evidence.
BREAKING:Police raided the home of two persons of interest in Jussie Smollett case last night. Both men are of Nigerian decent and have appeared as extras on the show. Police took bleach, shoes electronics and more.Officers asked family if they knew #Jussiesmollett. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/PDSFtf5jwb
— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 14, 2019
By Friday morning, the Osundairo brothers were considered potential suspects and by Friday afternoon, they had been arrested.
After a full afternoon of interrogations, both men have been released without charges.
EMPIRE CASE UPDATE: 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. #ChicagoPolice
— Tom Ahern (@TomAhernCPD) February 16, 2019
Obabinjo and Ambimbola are aspiring actors who know Jussie Smollett and have worked with him as extras on “Empire.”
I am very curious to know what the new evidence is. But, I’m sure everything will come out very soon.