Police say Jussie Smollett is now a suspect in criminal investigation

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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". According to the original account, the two men beat Smollett, poured a chemical substance (believed to be bleach) on him and tied a noose around his neck before fleeing the scene.

Smollett had told police he was attacked while getting a sandwich around 2am near his home in downtown Chicago.

Celebrities such as Naomi Campbell and Viola Davis shared their upset and outrage at news of the attack on social media.

On Jan. 31, Trump told reporters at the White House that he saw a story the night before about Smollett, saying: "It doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned". He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack.

A week before the incident, Smollett told police he received a threatening letter at work. He says he is working with authorities and has been "100 percent factual and consistent on every level".

February 2 - Smollett performs in concert in Los Angeles, his first public appearance following the attack. He declined to confirm reports that subpoenas had been issued for Smollett's phone and bank records. Police said the heavily redacted files aren't sufficient. Yet if Smollett did fabricate the attack, Levick says he needs to be more proactive.

Last week, the two Chicago brothers, held as suspects, were interrogated and released. They chose the spot outside of Smollett's apartment because the actor thought that the surveillance camera in the area would have caught it all on film.

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Jussie Smollett pleaded no contest to DUI, driving without a license, and providing false information to law enforcement officials in 2007, according to new reports released on Tuesday.

The news came in a tweet by Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Police said the two brothers said during interrogation last week that Smollett paid for them to fake an attack. "If it is determined that a person lied to police about a crime that was committed, they could be charged with a Class 4 Felony 'Disorderly conduct, '" Weisberg revealed to HollywoodLife.

Police said Saturday that their investigation had "shifted" after they interviewed two brothers who were arrested and later released.

TMZ reports the two brothers, who were once suspects, admit to rehearsing the altercation between them and Smollett.

Smollett's rep has yet to comment on this latest development.

As the investigation into Jussie Smollett's apparent hate crime continues to raise questions, Empire is standing behind the actor.



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