Date: Feb. 19, 2019
What happened: ABC scored Smollett's first full-length interview after the attack, where he said he was "pissed off" at people questioning his story and the incident.
That evening, more details surfaced about the Osundairo brothers. Chicago police raided their home, seizing five bottles of bleach, electronics, shoes, and other items. Police also stated that the brothers had left for Nigeria on the day of the attack.
As this information was released, some media reports indicated that Chicago PD believed Smollett had staged the attack. Guglielmi tweeted that the media reports alleging that the attack was a hoax were "unconfirmed by case detectives," as there was "no evidence to support their reporting." He referred to the supposed CPD sources these outlets had spoken to as "uninformed and inaccurate."