Jussie Smollett is now considered a suspect for his report of hate crime attack, according to Chicago police

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By Elisha Fieldstadt and Andrew Blankstein

Jussie Smollett, the actor of "The Empire", which one could doubt that he is accused of hate crime, is now suspected of filing a false police report, which is a crime, said Chicago police Wednesday.

"Jussie Smollett is now officially listed as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (class 4 crime)," Anthony Guglielmi, spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department, wrote in a tweet. .

He added that the detectives "presently present evidence before a grand jury of Cook County".

Guglielmi told NBC News on Wednesday that Smollett's lawyers had been talking to prosecutors in the morning.

The actor, 36, black and homosexual, filed a report on January 29 with the Chicago Police Department, claiming that he had been assaulted by two masked men who had uttered racist slurs and homophobic. He also testified that his assailants had given him what he thought was bleach and put the rope around his neck.

The police investigated the alleged attack as a "possible hate crime", and some celebrities, including members of the "Empire" cast, and gay rights advocates gathered on social media for express their support for Smollett.

But other social media users began to question his claims when police said they were not able to find a video of the incident after viewing a video. multitude of videos from many surveillance cameras in the upscale neighborhood of Streeterville in Chicago, where the attack would have occurred.

Guglielmi told NBC News that the investigation into the alleged attack had asked for "considerable" resources from the police. He said that at one point, the department had 12 detectives who watched surveillance videos.

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