Jussie Smollett Indicted on Charges of Filing a False Police Report

Jussie Smollett Indicted on Charges of Filing a False Police Report

"Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in statement on Twitter.

Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that a search warrant was executed at the Chicago apartment of two brothers who were questioned in the alleged attack.

Jussie Smollett remains a cast member in the televised drama "Empire", Fox Entertainment said on Wednesday, in a show of support for the actor after a report said he had staged an attack on himself because he was being written off the show.

Also Wednesday, Chicago's top prosecutor, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, announced that she had recused herself from the investigation.

On Saturday, Guglielmi said information from the men had "shifted" the investigation and that police want to speak to Smollett again.

Whispers about Smollett's potential role in the attack started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police and word that detectives in a city bristling with surveillance cameras could not find video of the attack.

Multiple reports have said they're cooperating with authorities and have accused Smollett of paying them $3,500 to fake the incident.

The situation got even more freakish when a pair of muscle-bound Nigerian-American brothers who had appeared as extras on Empire were arrested then released for the Smollett assault.

Police tell FOX 32 the brothers did not testify before a grand jury.

Two brothers, Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested on February 13 in connection to the Smollett case.

When details of Smollett's alleged assault were released by police last month, celebrities and other high-profile figures rallied around him - some seizing on the apparently racist and homophobic nature of the alleged attack or the reported invocation of President Trump's campaign slogan.

The Chicago Police Department initially said they were investigating a "possible hate crime", following Smollett's report last month. The two brothers were spotted Wednesday by reporters at the Cook County grand jury. "It's the truth, '" he said in an interview with "Good Morning America". First Assistant State's Attorney Joe Magats is now overseeing the case.

The brothers were arrested but then released on Friday. Police found surveillance video that showed the woman and an accomplice walking through the airport without the items they claimed were stolen.

Sources said one of the brothers held the rope and poured bleach while the other wore a plain red hat and yelled slurs at Smollett.

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