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Police say 2 brothers being questioned in reported Jussie Smollett attack are now 'potential suspects'

CHICAGO - In an unusual statement, Chicago police said Friday that the two brothers being questioned about a reported attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollett are now "potential suspects," and detectives have "probable cause" that they may have committed a crime.

The statement, tweeted by police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, did not say what charges the brothers, both in their 20s, could face. A law enforcement source said they have been held since Wednesday night on suspicion of battery but have not been formally charged.

On Thursday, police were describing them only as "persons of interest" and Guglielmi emphasized then that they were not suspects. It was not known what has changed since then.

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