Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

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Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Associated Press that the meeting was taking place Wednesday afternoon. Law&Crime columnist Elura Nanos previously suggested that Smollett might be charged with this class 4 felony and Chicago police confirmed that they are presenting evidence for that charge before a grand jury.

They reportedly claimed Smollett was upset that the threatening letter sent to Empire's studios didn't get enough attention.

Guglielmi's announcement is the latest development in Smollett's case where the 36-year-old actor claimed that he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a restaurant on January 29.

And last week, police picked up the two brothers at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport as they returned from Nigeria and questioned them about the attack.

The suspects were identified as brothers Ola and Abel Osundairo, who had ties to Smollett, according to United States media.

Smollett told police his assailants were white, that one wore a red hat, and that they shouted something about "MAGA country" - an apparent reference to Trump's campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" - as they struck him to the ground, the New York Times has reported. The Osundairo brothers say the plan was never to seriously injure Smollett and they described the contact made with his face as "weak". "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying".

Chicago Police have revealed that Jussie Smollett is "officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation. for filing a false police report".




Smollett - whose claims he was attacked near his Streeterville apartment have been the basis for a weeks-long Chicago police hate crime investigation that now appears to be looking at the "Empire" star himself - adds Geragos to a powerhouse local team of defense lawyers led by Todd S. Pugh, and Victor Henderson. They were later released and are said to be co-operating with the investigation.

The actor also did not have a valid driver license and provided false information to law enforcement, according to WFLD-TV.

He later completed an alcohol education and treatment program and completed the terms of his sentence in May 2008. Surveillance footage of the brothers purchasing some of these items was obtained by CBS Chicago, which you can see below. In Smollett's case, "I can imagine that this would be easily into the hundreds of thousands of dollars".

Meanwhile, it was announced on Tuesday that Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has recused herself from the case.

The statement said one of the brothers was Smollett's personal trainer, and the Chicago Tribune - which is not naming the brothers - reported that Smollett follows their bodybuilding page on Instagram.

She didn't elaborate as to how Foxx was familiar with anyone in the case and she said Foxx would have no further comment.

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