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A new development has been made in the investigation surrounding the Jan. 29 attack on Empire actor, Jussie Smollett. The Chicago Police have arrested two "potential suspects" by the names of Olabinjo and Abimola Osundairo. The Nigerian brothers are United States citizens, one of which has been an extra on Fox's Empire.
"Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues," the police said in a statement to ABC News.
Evidence was found in the Osundairo brothers' Chicago apartment when the cops raided their home on Thursday (Feb. 14). Among the list of evidence found in their home were bottles of bleach, which was mentioned in Smollett's report. The two potential suspects were detained at Chicago O'Hare Airport Wednesday evening (Feb. 13) following a flight from Nigeria and their attorney Gloria Schmidt, has since spoken out to clear their names.
"When they first learned what happened to him, they were horrified. This is someone they know, someone that they work with, so they don't want to see somebody go through that," Schmidt said in a statement to the Chicago CBS station WBBM. "They really don't understand how [police] even got information that linked them to this horrific crime, but they're not guilty of it."
Smollett has had to deal with rumors surrounding the fact that his attack may have been "staged" or a "hoax" by the actor himself. The 36-year-old actor appeared on Good Morning America to clear up the hearsay.
"I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate," Smollet said to Robin Roberts. "And 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, and that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now."
The Chicago Police also released a statement of their own on Thursday evening (Feb. 14).
"While we haven't found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax," Chicago police said to ABC News. "The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect."
Since striking a deal with the U.S. government to evade a life sentence connected to a racketeering case that has left him in federal prison, Tekashi 6ix9ine has pled guilty to a plethora of violent crimes, Billboard reports.
Detailing his initiation into the Nine Trey Bloods, 69 reportedly became affiliated with the gang in 2017, which coincidently marks the launch of his rap career.
In order to complete the requirements of the deal, Tekashi, born Daniel Hernandez, also admitted to the firearms offense including the attempted murder of an individual on March 20, 2018, the documents state. Two other incidents have been added to the list of evidence stacked against the young rapper, including the infamous Cheif Keef shooting which took place in June in New York City.
If you recall, the Keef attack was the same shooting where Hernandez was recorded issuing the hit on his rival. VIBE previously reported Kintea "Kooda" McKenzie took $10,000 of the $20,000 offer to carry out the hit. McKenzie was arrested Feb. 8 in connection to this crime and is currently facing a possible life sentence with a mandatory minimum of 10 years.
Among gun possession and contract killing, the "Gummo" rapper is pleading guilty to having "possessed [heroin] with the intention to distribute." Hernandez is currently behind bars, where he will remain until his sentencing on Jan 23, 2020.
"The Breakfast Club" radio hosts DJ Envy, Angela Yee and Charlamagne tha God were guests on MSNBC's "The Beat with Ari Melber" to discuss their radio show's influence on politics, and to debunk the lies surrounding presidential candidate Kamala Harris' recent interview.
The syndicated radio show is no stranger to high-stakes politics. They've interviewed former presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hilary Clinton, in which the former Secretary of State had the opportunity to say that she always carries "hot sauce" in her bag.
With the 2016 election left in the past and the 2020 election just around the corner, Democratic candidates are once again making their interview rounds and "The Breakfast Club" has been one of the first stops for a couple of hopefuls. Sen. Harris (D-Calif.) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) both had their time on the show but it is the former's interview that has the press and Twitter talking.
A clip of Sen. Harris that has gone viral appears to show the Howard University graduate say that she listened to "Snoop, Tupac for sure" in undergrad. The press and Twitter took that part of the interview and ran with it, claiming that Harris lied since she was a student at Howard from 1981-1985 and Snoop Dogg and Tupac only released their debut albums in 1993 and 1991 respectively.
Unfortunately, her response was taken out of context. Seconds before her answer, Harris was asked two questions by DJ Envy and Charlamagne. Many viewers assumed she was answering the latter who asked her, "What were you listening to when you was high?" in relation to a former discussion about the senator smoking marijuana in college. In reality, she was responding to Envy's question, "What does Kamala Harris listen to?"
The radio hosts clarified the rumors and set the record straight. "I asked 'what she listens to?' and she said she listens to Snoop Dogg and Tupac. At the same time my co-host was still talking about the marijuana," Envy said. "It was just a funny exchange but she was actually answering me and people took it that she was answering Charlamagne and said she was lying, which is not true."
Charlamagne furthered stressed this sentiment, "I want everybody to know they're doing the work of Fox News. The Black Twitter people that are going in on Kamala because of this, y'all are doing the work of Fox News," he said. "Fox News got y'all."
Watch the interview above.