Chicago Police have now classified “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett as a “suspect” in the investigation surrounding his alleged attack.
According to Chicago Police Super Intendant Anthony Guglielmi, Smollett is now under investigation for filing a false police report, which is a class 4 felony. Guglielmi added that detectives are currently presenting the evidence to a Cook County Grand Jury.
Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony). Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury. pic.twitter.com/FhDcbBKsuU
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) February 20, 2019
Smollett fell under investigation when it was discovered that his claim of being attacked by two Trump supporters had been completely made up, possibly in a bid to give himself some public sympathy points to keep himself from being written off his show.
In fact, evidence suggested that Smollett paid two Nigerian brothers to stage the attack on him, and peg it as an attack carried out by racist, homophobic right-wingers.