Transcript for New twist in Jussie Smollett case as police search for motive
Now to what could be a major development in the jussie smollett case. Police are telling ABC news a potential motive is emerging if smollett did indeed stage that attack. Eva pilgrim is in Chicago with those new details. Good morning, Eva. Reporter: Good morning, Michael. Yeah, a lot of questions this morning. Chicago police now saying they urgently want to speak with jussie smollett again. This morning, a law enforcement source telling ABC news that the brothers questioned for roles in the alleged attack on jussie smollett told authorities he staged it all, upset over a threatening letter sent to “Empire’s” Chicago studio on January 22nd saying it do not receive enough attention. Detectives are actively investigating the allegation but have not confirmed it to be true. Smollett telling us last week about that letter that included racist and homophobic threats. On the letter it had a stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing towards it with the words that said smollett, jussie, you will die, black . There was no address but the return address said in big red caps, Maga. Did I make that up too? Reporter: Police confirming the men who have since been questioned and released have a relationship with smollett. One even appeared as an extra on “Empire.” We’ll have that conversation. Reporter: Authorities tell us the brothers claim they were paid by the actor to orchestrate and stage the racist homophobic assault smollett reported last month. Now the two brothers are speaking out for the first time telling Chicago’s WBBM, we are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens. Smollett’s defense attorney telling ABC news jussie smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claim as tributed to these alleged perpetrators that jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying. Now, Chicago police tell us they are hopeful that smollett will come in in the next few days to talk. His team telling us they are in communication with authorities, guys. They very much want to talk to him. The investigation is intensifying.
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