Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect and is under criminal investigation for filing a false police report - a Class-4 felony, according to Chicago PD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Detectives are currently presenting evidence before 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
Empire star Jussie Smollett is expected to be indicted in "a matter of hours. Not days," according to Chicago's Fox 32 reporter Rafer Weigel.
Top attorney Mark Geragos has joined #JussieSmollett legal team. He is assisting Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson. #CPD sources tell me an indictment of #Smollett could be coming in “a matter of hours. Not days”.— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 20, 2019
The news comes shortly after word that Smollett's defense team was able to postpone testimony in front of a Cook County grand jury testimony by two men once considered potential suspects in the case.
Two men once considered potential suspects in the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett were moments away from testifying to a Cook County grand jury, before a last-minute phone call from Smollett’s defense team convinced prosecutors to postpone the testimony.
CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar has learned the brothers were waiting outside the grand jury chambers at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Tuesday, just minutes from testifying, when the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office got a call from Smollett’s lawyers, claiming they may have new evidence. -CBS Chicago
The two men, brothers Ola and Abel Osundario were arrested last week, however Chicago PD released them without charges after they reportedly said that Smollett paid them $3,500 each to stage a January 29 predawn "hate crime" attack designed to make Trump supporters look like bigots.
According to CBS, "About a dozen search warrants have now been issued, including ones for Smollett’s financial and phone records, and detectives are waiting for those records to come back."
Update from court confusion Monday:— Charlie De Mar (@CharlieDeMar) February 20, 2019
Brothers were expected to appear before Grand Jury.
Last second phone call from Jussie Smolletts legal team claiming they possibly have new evidence calls off Grand Jury for the day. https://t.co/AF2To1whdb
The Osundario brothers said that Smollett concocted the hoax after a racist letter containing a white substance which was mailed to the Chicago Empire studio failed to have the impact Smollett intended.
It’s happening pic.twitter.com/FPsCoTbwDO— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) February 20, 2019
The evening of the alleged attack, the Osundarios poured a chemical on the actor, placed a noose around his neck and yelled racist and homophobic slurs, including "this is MAGA country."
Earlier Wednedsay, 20th Century Fox TV tweeted their ongoing support for Smollett:
“Jussie Smollett continues to be a consummate professional on set and as we have previously stated, he is not being written out of the show.” - STATEMENT FROM 20TH CENTURY FOX TELEVISION AND FOX ENTERTAINMENT— 20th Century Fox TV (@20centuryfoxTV) February 20, 2019
And while some people have begun to feel sorry for Jussie - others, such as their spouses, not so much.
when you get ratio'd so hard your own WIFE is part of it pic.twitter.com/ouFxj0XT4B— Teridax (@TeridaxRoT) February 20, 2019
(h/t Cassandra Fairbanks of Gateway Pundit)