ABOVE: The above meme is true.
WGN: The two Nigerian men, brothers, who were arrested on suspicion of assaulting Empire's Jussie Smollett — and who have been revealed to have been acquaintances of his (he follows them on Instagram, their lawyer told reporters the men go to the gym with Smollett) — were released Friday without being charged with anything.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said, in a statement:
The individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete.
Police have confirmed to ABC News that the men are, in fact, the shadowy figures seen on the video who had been described as persons of interest. The police further told ABC:
Yes, they are confirmed to be the men on scene by surveillance video. The reason why they were there is now central to the investigation and we can't get into that at this time.
Smollett has reportedly lawyered up.
GR8ERDAYS: RIP Bruno Ganz, the star of Wings of Desire and Downfall, among many, many other films.
JOE.MY.GOD.: Mass panic ensued at a performance of Hamilton in San Francisco when attendees believed there was a shooter on the loose; it was a medical emergency, not a person with a gun. Three were hospitalized.
CYBERSOCKET: How gay-porn series are replacing gay-porn movies.
GR8ERDAYS: Socialite, style icon, sister of Jackie O — not to mention uppercrust fag hag — Lee Radziwiłł dies @ 85.
DAILY BEAST: Gay ex-members of Chris Pratt's church Hillsong say the church does not believe in gay people as human beings.
FIRE ISLAND PINES HISTORICAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY: A generously illustrated history of the Meat Rack of the Fire Island Pines.
BACK2STONEWALL: An Indiana tax biz has denied services to LGBTQ people because Jesus.
KENNETH IN THE (212): Big, Turkish slab of meat with a 'stache.
BOSGUY: Silver daddy shows his wall-to-wall carpeting.
TOWLEROAD: Pathetic. Ronnie Kroell thinks he is qualified to be president (he's not) and his slogan is, “Meet Me in the Middle,” where nothing gets done. Also, he admires Reagan.