Smollett, who is black, gay and Jewish, had been written out of the final two episodes of the show’s fifth season.
The reason behind Akihito's abdication is his old age and declining health. Naruhito succeeds the Throne at the age of 59 after his father ruled for three decades.
After speaking to the two men, their attorney, Gloria Schmidt, told detectives that “something smelled fishy,” police said.
Smollett had previously claimed that the attackers had shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him, as well as expressed support for US President Donald Trump.
Jussie Smollett told an audience in southern California that he is “going to stand strong with y’all” in the wake of an assault that is being characterized as a hate crime.
Smollett was born to a Jewish father and African-American mother. In 2015, Smollett came out as gay.