Chicago police said Sunday they’re still seeking a follow-up interview with Jussie Smollett after receiving new information that ‘‘shifted’’ their investigation of a reported attack on the ‘‘Empire’’ actor.
The trajectory of the investigation changed after detectives questioned two brothers about the attack and released them late Friday without charges, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Saturday. He said police also reached out to Smollett’s attorney to request another interview with the actor.
Guglielmi said Sunday the interview had not yet been conducted. He declined to comment on published reports that police believe Smollett staged the assault or that a grand jury may hear evidence in the case. The reports cited unnamed police sources.
‘‘We’re not confirming, denying, or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we've gotten,’’ he said.
Pamela Sharp, a spokeswoman for Smollett, said Sunday that there were no updates ‘‘as of now.’’ Another spokeswoman, Anne Kavanagh, later said she couldn’t comment on whether Smollett had agreed to another interview.
Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was physically attacked last month by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and ‘‘This is MAGA country!’’ He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was returning home from an early morning stop at a Subway restaurant in downtown Chicago. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him.