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Old 02-19-2019, 06:07 AM
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https://abc7chicago.com/brothers-cla...-says/5144861/

Jussie Smollett attack: Brothers claim 'Empire' actor staged attack after threatening letter, source says

CHICAGO --
Two brothers told police that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett staged an attack on himself because he was upset a threatening letter he received a week prior did not get enough attention, a law enforcement official briefed on the investigation told ABC News on Monday.

Detectives are actively investigating the allegation, but have not confirmed it to be true, the official said.

Chicago police said this weekend that they are "eager" to re-interview Smollett after releasing the two brothers, who were initially identified as persons of interest in the alleged Jan. 29 attack in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood. A spokeswoman for Smollett said his attorneys are talking to police.

The brothers, who are not considered suspects in the attack, also told police that they were paid to stage the attack, the official said.

"We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens," the brothers said in a statement.

http://sandrarose.com/2019/02/report...staged-attack/

Chicago police assigned a dozen investigators to the case. They were assisted by FBI agents who focused their attention on the "anthrax" letter that was addressed to Smollett at Fox TV's Chicago studio.



The powdery substance on the letter turned out to be crushed Acetaminophen (Tylenol).
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BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Is Now A Suspect In A Criminal Investigation For Filing A False Police Repor
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February 20, 2019 at 5:00 pm

CHICAGO (CBS) — Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation for filing a false police report, according to Chicago police.

BREAKING From Chicago police—

“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.”

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

Filing a false police report is a Class 4 Felony. CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller says Smollett could face probation to up to 1.5 years in prison.

Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury, police say.

My colleague @vincefloress who is at courthouse says brothers and their attorney walked into Grand Jury room at 3:46. @cbschicago https://t.co/GT6h2g6Y9a

— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019

CBS 2 obtained exclusive video of two men linked to the attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett buying a red hat and ski masks from a store the day before the assault.

The video shows Ola and Abel Osundairo placing the masks and a hat on the counter. Smollett has claimed two men wearing a similar hat and masks attacked him on Jan. 29 in Streeterville, according to police. CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar made multiple phone calls and visited several stores to obtain the video.

The brothers were seen entering the grand jury room at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Wednesday.
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