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New evidence suggests Jussie Smollett orchestrated assault

Attorneys for Smollett say the actor is being further victimized.

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The Jussie Smollett assault case has taken another wild turn.

According to CNN, two Chicago law enforcement sources that have insight on the Smollett investigation have said that Chicago Police believe that Smollett paid the two men arrested last week to orchestrate the assault that took place in January.

The two men, Olabinjo (Ola) and Abimbola (Abel) Osundairo, were released without being charged after their interrogation discovered "new evidence" in the case.

CNN also reports that there records that reveal the two brothers purchased the rope that was tied around Smollett's neck in Chicago at a hardware store nearby. The brothers, who have appeared on Smollett's television show "Empire," are reportedly being fully cooperative with authorities. Now, Chicago Police are looking to have a follow-up interview with Smollett.

Following the release of this recent development, Smollett's attorneys, Todd S. Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, released a statement about Smollett's feelings about the new reports.

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with," the statement obtained by the Washington Post read. "He has now been further victimized by claims attributed 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."

Smollett's attorneys are now awaiting further updates from Chicago police regarding the investigation. They also stated that Smollett would continue to cooperate with authorities.

"At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to 'unnamed' sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels," the statement explained.

In an exclusive interview with ABC's Robin Roberts, Smollett addressed people that doubted his story. "It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more," he said. "And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now."

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