Hollywood actor, Jussie Smollett is denying claims that he paid two Nigerian brothers to carry out his attack last month.

Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesman for the Chicago police said that new evidence presented by the Nigerian brothers has “shifted the trajectory of the investigation” as officers seek to re-interview Smollett about the case.

The actor, who is black and gay, claimed he was the victim of a possible hate crime on 29 January.

He told police he was attacked by two men who poured bleach on him and put a rope around his neck while shouting racial and homophobic slurs at him.

“The new direction of the investigation is now based on the premise that Mr Smollett was an active participant in the incident,” a law enforcement source close to the case revealed and said that there is a possibility that Smollett paid them to buy the rope.

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