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For nearly 2 months, news organizations reported that a $3,500 check made out to two Chicago brothers by Jussie Smollett was payment for a hoax hate crime attack. But now the brothers confirm the check was in fact for a training program.

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Queen Latifah is standing by her pal Jussie Smollett as he faces accusations of paying 2 brothers to beat him up as part of a hate crime hoax.

The ex-Empire actor claimed he was the victim of a hate crime outside his Chicago, Illinois apartment on Jan. 29.

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Billy Porter

Actor Billy Porter sparked praise and outrage when he wore a black crushed velvet tuxedo gown designed by Christian Siriano to the 2019 Oscar Awards in Hollywood on Sunday. Twitter users were in a frenzy, expressing praise and admiration for the openly homosexual actor who stars in "Pose" on FX Network.

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Chicago police are "eager" to speak with Empire actor Jussie Smollett after 2 Nigerian brothers confirm they purchased rope from a hardware store and the actor paid them to stage the hate crime attack.

Police released Abel Osundairo, 25, and his brother Ola Osundairo without charges late Friday after 2 days of interrogation.

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2 brothers from Nigeria will be charged in the alleged hate crime against actor and singer Jussie Smollett, 36.

The Empire star claims he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters with a rope and bleach. The men shouted racial and homophobic slurs as he left a Subway restaurant around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29.

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Jussie Smollett seems to regret using Trump supporters as the villains who allegedly attacked him near downtown Chicago on Jan. 29.

In an exclusive sit-down interview with Robin Roberts, the emotional actor says his doubters would not have questioned his story if he said his attackers were Muslim or Mexican.

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