A lot of the latest updates on the Jussie Smollett story are here:
According to CWB Chicago, two Chicago brothers are “potential persons of interest” in the alleged hate crime against Smollett:
• At least one of the men has appeared as an extra on Smollett’s show, Empire, which airs on Fox. That man has a YouTube channel featuring three audition reels. In one reel, he performs the part of a man who has received the finger of a loved one in the mail from kidnappers.
• CBSChicago reports that an attorney representing the brothers "expects" charges to be filed against them "before 5:45 p.m. Friday" when the typical 48-hour window of opportunity for prosecutors to either prosecute or release an individual will expire.
• The men, who are African-American, shared a residence in Lakeview about three blocks from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s home as recently as one year ago. One of the brothers also lists a home on the South Side.
• Police on Wednesday executed a search warrant at a North Side home, seizing electronics, bleach, a red hat, clothing, and more. The search warrant receipt states that police retrieved proof that both men live in the raided apartment. CWB could not immediately confirm that the raid was at the brother's listed address near the intersection of Ashland Avenue and Belle Plaine Avenue.
Here's the very latest:
There are conflicting reports tonight, it should be noted.
CPD officially says reports that police are investigating a potential hoax are "unconfirmed."
Word on the street is that police are waiting for the two persons of interest to fess up before they can confirm that it was a hate crime hoax.