Jussie Smollett officially a suspect for filing false police report

Ava DuVernay “I never believe police on general principle just ‘cause they say so. My experience our history makes it impossible for me to do

Ava DuVernay “I never believe police on general principle just ‘cause they say so. My experience our history makes it impossible for me to do

Police have said their investigation has shifted in light of new information.

Smollett was hospitalized on January 29, and reported to police that he was assaulted near his Chicago home by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs and referenced "MAGA". A police source also told CNN on Friday night that the men had a previous affiliation with Smollett, but did not provide additional details. He says they beat him, hurled racist and homophobic insults at him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing. Not long after that, law enforcement told news outlets that Smollett paid his brother's $3,500 to carry out the attack. "That character uses the same racial slurs Smollett told police his attackers screamed at him, including "f****t" and 'n****r'".

"Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning", the statement said. He said he was working with authorities and has been "100 percent factual and consistent on every level".

Anne Kavanagh, a spokeswoman for Smollett's lawyers, said they would "keep an active dialogue with Chicago police on his behalf". Police said the heavily redacted files aren't sufficient. Smollett says he redacted information to protect the privacy of contacts and people not relevant to the attack. They question them about the case. They also rehearsed the attack.

'Detectives are now presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury'.

While the witness's claims will surely fuel speculation that Smollett staged the incident, Guglielmi has now made clear that the tip about the trio being seen together in an elevator was "unfounded".

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But now, police suspect that Smollett paid two pals to stage the assault. The Osundairo brothers claimed they helped Smollett concoct the alleged assault after he became upset that the threatening letter did not get enough attention.

On Wednesday police picked up two brothers at Chicago's O'Hare Airport as they returned from Nigeria and questioned them about the attack.

Hmmmm. The grand-jury move came after Smollett stopped cooperating with the investigation, refusing requests for a follow-up interview.

Smollett's lawyers have said the actor "has now been further victimised" by the hoax allegations.

TMZ reported production sources at the programme have told them Smollett's nine remaining scenes and a big musical number in the second-to-last episode have ben cut. She didn't elaborate as to how Foxx was familiar with anyone in the case and she said Foxx would have no further comment.

Two brothers, who were arrested and released in connection with the attack, met with police and prosecutors at a Chicago courthouse on Tuesday, Chicago police spokesman Tom Ahern said. Police later dismiss the tip, saying it's not credible based on video evidence.

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