Now Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi has tweeted that the actor is himself officially a suspect in the case.
The charges emerged on the same day that detectives and two brothers who were earlier deemed suspects testified before a grand jury.
Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway shop at around 2am on January 29.
Also earlier Wednesday, Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television released a statement stating that Smollett "continues to be a consummate professional on set" and that his character isn't being written off the show, after reports surfaced this week that he might be fired from the series.
The men, who had been held for almost 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett, were released Friday.
Several reports, citing unnamed sources, suggested police are investigating whether he helped set-up his own attack.
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Meanwhile, the Chicago Police Department is still waiting to speak with Jussie Smollett following the "new evidence" acquired in their investigation.
She also said her clients received money from Smollett, but she did not elaborate.
Investigators did find and release images of two people they said they wanted to question.
Lawyers for Smollett, who has stuck by his story for three weeks as police failed to find surveillance video of an assault and suspicions of a hoax grew on social media, did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.
Smollett now is facing further questioning by the Chicago Police Department after two persons of interest (brothers from Nigeria, one of whom worked as a personal trainer on a music video of Smollett's) were released on Friday after additional interviews, and without being charged.
Chicago's top prosecutor, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx, recused herself from the investigation Tuesday, according to a one-sentence statement issued by a spokesperson. "Based on those prior conversations and out of an abundance of caution, last week State's Attorney Foxx chose to remove herself from the decision making in this matter and delegated it to her First Assistant Joseph Magats, a 28-year veteran prosecutor".
If Smollett's account is determined to be a fabrication, legal experts say he could be charged with any number of felonies.