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Smollett denied the allegations in a statement released by his attorneys: "As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with".

It's recently surfaced that Smollett pleaded no contest in 2007 to misdemeanor charges of DUI, driving without a license, and providing false information to a police officer, including false impersonation.

Court records show that Smollett was accused of identifying himself as his younger brother and signing a false name on the promise to appear in court. The outlet found that the actor "pleaded no contest to DUI, driving without a license and providing false information to law enforcement" in 2007, which the L.A. City Attorney's office confirmed and was reported on February 19.

After an alcohol education and treatment program, he finished out his sentence in May 2008, WMAQ reports.

Guglielmi tweeted Tuesday the tip was inaccurate. The Osundairo brothers claimed they helped Smollett concoct the alleged assault after he became upset that the threatening letter did not get enough attention.

He says the men - identified previously by police as two brothers from Nigeria - are in custody but have not been charged with a crime. He also said detectives had requested another interview with Smollett.

The Chicago police continue to seek another sit-down with Jussie Smollett in their evolving investigation into the alleged attack on the Empire actor last month and what part he truly played, but Fox are still standing by their man.

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Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the meeting was taking place Wednesday afternoon.

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Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers, said they would "keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf". Smollett also said the attackers poured some kind of chemical on him.

Andrew Weisberg, a former prosecutor in the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, said Smollett could get probation, assuming that he has a clean record. These one thousand hours of police time spent on a hate hoax mean that Smollett has tied down law enforcement, making police less effective in keeping the peace in Chicago.

The sources told CNN the two men are now cooperating fully with law enforcement.

'Based on those prior conversations and out of an abundance of caution, last week State's Attorney Foxx chose to remove herself from the decision making in this matter and delegated it to her First Assistant Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor, ' a spokesman for her office said. TMZ now reports Smollett and/or his legal team are ready to do that.


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