Police: Men arrested in Jussie Smollett case are black

    FILE - In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Jussie Smollett, a cast member in the TV series "Empire," attends the Fox Networks Group 2018 programming presentation afterparty in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett (all times local):

    2:05 p.m.

    A Chicago police spokesman confirms that the two suspects arrested in the reported hate crime involving black actor Jussie Smollett are black.

    Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also says the suspects were arrested on suspicion of assault and battery. He says department policy prohibits him from naming the victim but says that he can say the two Nigerian brothers were arrested in connection with the case involving the "'Empire' cast member." Smollett is an actor on the television drama and has said he was beaten in a racist, anti-gay attack last month.

    Guglielmi also says at least one of the men in custody worked on "Empire," but he does not know in what capacity.

    The men are being interrogated Friday by detectives. Police picked them up Wednesday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport after they flew from Nigeria. On Thursday, police served a search warrant at their Chicago apartment.

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