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this actor jussie Smollett just days after he claimed he was attacked by two unknown assailants in Chicago last month in what police were calling a possible hate crime but the focus of that investigation has shifted according to the Chicago PD who over the weekend said they are now looking to interview the empire star again this say police is due to new information provided by two former persons of interest Nigerian brothers seen here in images from surveillance video taken in the area of the alleged attack their attorney speaking to reporters last week after the two were released without charge new evidence that was , brought to their attention obviously I had it obviously my client side %HESITATION but a I think it took a matter for the nation , small let who is gay claims two assailants struck him in the face draped a rope around his neck and doused him with an unknown chemical substance before fleeing police said the actor took himself to a hospital but was not seriously hurt the alleged attack sparked protests and outrage on social media including for many celebrities a police spokesman denied a media report last week that detectives were looking into whether small at had staged the attack saying then that there was no evidence to say this is a hoax attorneys for small let in a weekend statement said he was angered and devastated by reports that the alleged attackers were people he is familiar with including a personal trainer he hired to prepare him for a music video the New York Post reported that small let has also retained the services of criminal defense lawyer Michael Monico who also represents Michael Cohen president trump's former fixer