Chicago Police has identified the 2 persons of interest in the Jussie Smollett attack as “potential suspects,” TMZ is reporting.
The brothers from Nigeria, Olabinjo “Ola” and Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo were picked up at O’Hare International Airport, as they were returning from a trip to Nigeria.
Olabinjo has appeared on “Empire” and Abimbola said he’s worked on the show before.
CBS Chicago reports that the two men have now been arrested and TMZ says they were booked for battery.
This development is amidst reports that Jussie allegedly orchestrated the attack so he wouldn’t be written off the show.
Fox had stated that he wasn’t being written off the show and police has said there’s “no evidence” the actor staged the attack.
Jussie described his attackers as white but the Osundairo brothers are black.
Jussie has also been discovered to be following Abel on Instagram.
“When they first learned about what happened to him they were horrified. This is someone they know. This is someone they’ve worked with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that,” Gloria Schmidt, their attorney told CBS Chicago.
A Chicago law enforcement source told TMZ that the next step may be a lineup in which Jussie will be asked to identify the culprits.