Chicago Police say that U.S. actor Jussie Smollett is suspected of filing a false police report. Detectives are gathering evidence to present to a Cook County Grand Jury, according to TMZ, and he's facing a three-year maximum sentence for the felony charges.
It's official: Jussie Smollett is now a suspect in what is increasingly appearing to be a staged attack.
The suspects were identified as brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, who had ties to Smollett, according to USA media.
Now Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi has tweeted that the actor is himself officially a suspect in the case.
CBS Chicago reported: "During the search of the brothers" home last week, a "piece of paper/writing" was also seized.
Smollett's lawyers have said the actor was angered and felt "victimized" by reports that he may have played a role in staging the attack. They even said they rehearsed it.
The actor, who is openly gay, said he had gone out to buy food late at night when two white men hurled racial and homophobic insults at him, punched him, poured a chemical substance over him and put a rope around his neck.
Multiple law enforcement sources familiar with the current probe told NBC News that the Chicago Police Department has requested the details from their counterparts in Los Angeles.
A further report by CBS News claimed the Osundairos told investigators Smollet had paid them off.
She also said her clients received money from Smollett, but she did not elaborate.
Meanwhile, it was announced on Tuesday that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the case.
Her office explained that Foxx made the decision "out of an abundance of caution" because of conversations she had with one of Smollett's family members just after the report.
Meanwhile, many people have reacted to the case including Donald Trump Jr., President Trump's son, who noted that many people who initially issued statements on the attack quietly deleted them, including presidential contender Sen.
Smollett has a record - one that concerns giving false information to police when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Smollett also was later charged with false impersonation, driving under the influence and driving without a license.
Foxx said the case would be handled to her first assistant, Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor.
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