Jussie Smollett Officially Suspected of Faking Chicago Police Report

Jussie Smollett Officially Suspected of Faking Chicago Police Report

Jussie Smollett Officially Suspected of Faking Chicago Police Report

"Detectives are now presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury", the tweet states.

Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers, said they would "keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf".

A representative for Smollett did not immediately return a request for comment.

The case took another turn on Tuesday after Chicago police began investigating a tip that Smollett was seen inside his apartment building with the 2 men who were being questioned.

Police tell FOX 32 the brothers did not testify before a grand jury.

There have been heightened doubts about Smollett's allegations amid increasing news reports, which cite unnamed police sources, that Smollett may have staged the attack.

Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men when returning home from a Subway at 2am on January 29, was forced to flee and taken to hospital.

In a supplemental interview with authorities, Smollett confirmed media reports that one of the attackers also shouted, "This is MAGA country", a reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.

Shortly before Chicago Police announced Smollett was now a suspect, on Thursday morning, Fox Television said the actor "continued to be a consummate professional on set" and reiterated that, counter to media reports, he was not being written out of the show.

The studio's statement followed reports that Smollett's role was being slashed amid the police investigation. "He has been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack".

Video footage from a Chicago hardware store shows the two brothers connected to Jussie Smollett's alleged attack buying a red hat and ski masks.

Two brothers, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested on February 13 in connection to the Smollett case. The actor released his debut album, "Sum of My Music", a year ago.

Smollett's attorneys, Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson, met with prosecutors and police earlier Wednesday afternoon (local time).

On Monday, the brothers released a terse statement, saying, "We are not racist".

Former Cook County prosecutor Andrew Weisberg recently represented a client who was charged with the same crime when her account of being robbed by three men at O'Hare Airport came apart. "You don't need immunity when you have the truth, " she said. He also said detectives had requested another interview with Smollett. Kamala Harris of California and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

According to ABC7, subpoenas have been issued to obtain records from Smollett.

Smollett's agent and public relations managers also did not return calls from Reuters.

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