Chicago police said on Wednesday that they believe Jussie Smollett's “Empire” star made it a target of racist and homophobic aggression – and there was evidence against him presenting a great jury.
“Update on the Case: Jussie Smollett is now classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice to file a fictitious police report (Class 4 felony),” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
“The directors are currently submitting evidence to the Cook County Grand Jury.” T
Under Illinois law, Smollett, 36, could be imprisoned for up to three years if charged and convicted in the crime.
The announcement followed a stream of recent reports which questioned the story of Smollett, including that two Nigerian brothers told investigators that Smollett had paid them $ 3,500 to complete the January 29 incident.
It also arrived about 30 minutes after the brothers and brothers, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, were escorted to the large jury offices at Chicago in the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
Approximately half a dozen people were surrounded by civilian clothes as they walked into the secure area on the fourth floor of the courthouse.
On Tuesday, the Osundairos was about to testify before a great jury when the last minute, “Hail Mary” called the prosecution from Smollett's lawyers adjourning their appearances, according to the local CBS affiliate. News.
The defense said that there may be new evidence in the case, SLS 2 reported earlier on Wednesday.
Smollett, who is black and gay, claims that he was attacked about 2 am near his apartment building in the Chicago Streeterville neighborhood by two who called him “f-tn-r empire”, he denoted a liquid believed to be bleach and bending rope around his neck.
Smollett also told detectives that the men shouted “MAGA country,” a clear reference to President Trump's signature “Make America Great Again” motto.
The Osundairo brothers were arrested February 13 but released without fees two days later.
Reports said they told cops that Smollett had paid them $ 3,500 to refute the incident and confirmed that the death threat he received via email was a week later after receiving enough attention.
Tuesday's report said that the feds were investigating whether Smollett was behind the alleged threat of death sent to him by Chicago's Cinespace Film Studios, where a television “Empire” was shot.
In a targeted envelope – and “MAGA” in the upper left – there was a letter that said, “You will die black f-g” and he showed a very hanging stick figure hanging from a tree.
A white powdery substance in the cover was also determined to be acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol.
There was speculation that Smollett put an end to the attack because he thought he was about to write off – the rumor rejected the 20th century Fox TV and Fox Entertainment.
The actor denied that he was involved in the incident.
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