Two arrest suspects have claimed actor Jussie Smollett paid people to attack him.
Smollett, best known for his role in Empire, denies playing a role in his attack.
Police arrested the two brothers on Wednesday but released without charges two days later.
Chicago police cited the discovery of ‘new evidence’.
What did Jussie Smollett say what happened?
Smollett reported to police he was attacked on 29 January by two men who yelled homophobic and racial slurs.
He also said one attacker put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
Smollett also confirmed reports that one of the attackers also shouted, ‘This is MAGA country,’ a reference to President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
Records show the two brothers purchased the rope found around Smollett’s neck.
‘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,’ the statement from Smollett’s lawyers read.
‘He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack.
‘Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.’
But is it a hoax?
The statement added: ‘At the present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to ‘unnamed’ sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels.’
Some have responded to the claims by saying Chicago police should not be listening to arrest suspects.
One said on Twitter: ‘Chicago police also thought it was ok to clear one of their own for shooting an unarmed 15-year-old black boy in the back of the head.
‘So, you know, fuck what they “think”.’
Police are still investigating the case as a possible hate crime.
Following the attack, there was an outpouring of support for the actor. Fox, the network which airs Empire, released a statement describing Smollett as ‘resilient and strong’.
It also spurred a larger conversation about the violence directed at people living within the intersections of race and sexuality. Smollett’s family called the attack ‘domestic terrorism’ and actor Ellen Page gave a powerful speech about hate.