Smollett told police he was attacked by two men near his Chicago apartment on January 29. The jury further found that Smollett told the original officer that the attackers called him racial and homophobic slurs and struck him in the face with their hands.
Smollett, a black and openly gay actor, told police he was attacked by Trump supporters while he was walking home from a Subway restaurant in Streeterville, Ill., at around 2 a.m. on January 29.
Smollett has repeatedly denied those claims and also pleaded not guilty to the first charge of disorderly conduct after his arrest.
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Whispers about Smollett's potential role in the alleged attack started with reports that he had not fully cooperated with police, and word that detectives in a city full of surveillance cameras could not find video of the attack.
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In the episode Jackson plays Leon Kompowsky, a mental hospital patient who ends up sharing a room with Homer Simpson. At least this wasn't a disgusting and attacking article though... "I'll pray for you", she tweeted.
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Still, she said she was "terrified" when he began pounding his chest and screaming into the camera that he "didn't do this stuff". Kelly's girlfriends believes the embattled R&B superstar "needs to rot in that jail cell".
The Cook County grand jury has chosen to indict Jussie on 16 counts (!) for "false report of offense" - all class 4 felonies.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Smollett paid Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo by check for a "phony attack" in order to take "advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".
FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett exits Cook County Department of Corrections after posting bail in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., February 21, 2019.
Within days of the "Good Morning America" interview, police announced that the trajectory of the criminal investigation had shifted, and that Smollett was being treated as a suspect. Days later, they were no longer considered persons of interest but victims, and were released from custody without being charged.
One of the brothers is Mr Smollett's personal trainer, and both had worked as extras on Empire. "They have a whale of a case against the two guys - the two brothers - but that's it", he said.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the actor initially faked a letter using racist and homophobic language.