Jussie Smollett labeled a suspect by the Chicago police

The Chicago police announced on Wednesday that she was now considering Jussie Smollett, the actor of "the Empire" who claimed to have been a victim of a hate crime, a suspect in allegations that he actually organized the attack that he reported in January.

Law enforcement officials said that they had begun to present evidence to a grand jury in what now appears to be a case in which investigators believe that Mr. Smollett falsely claimed to have been attack.

Mr. Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told the police that when he was walking in downtown Chicago, he was confronted by masked white men who had thrown him on racial slurs and homophobic and announced that it was the "MAGA country". reference to President Trump's campaign slogan.

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The statement from the Chicago Police Department said: "Jussie Smollett is now officially listed as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (class 4 crime). The detectives presently present evidence before a grand jury of Cook County. "

The investigators, however, were able to find two men who appeared on video footage not far from the scene that night. Using carpool data, they discovered that the two men were brothers who actually knew Mr. Smollett. One of them had acted as an extra on "Empire".

Police first identified the brothers as potential suspects of the attack, then released them after, according to anonymous law enforcement officials, who reportedly said that Mr. Smollett had organized the attack and reportedly paid them $ 3,500.

The Olabinjo brothers and Abimbola Osundairo, of Nigerian origin, were summoned as witnesses before the grand jury on Wednesday night with their lawyer.

Filing a false police report in Illinois is technically called disorderly behavior and can be characterized as a crime or a crime. In the case of Mr. Smollett, police said in his statement that the grand jury was considering a charge, which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison.

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