Jussie Smollett

A grand jury may be convened to hear evidence in a felony case against actor Jussie Smollett. TMZ reports that a grand jury may hear a case against the Empire star for filing a false police report.

The actor's hate crime case took a strange turn last week when police released two suspects and said Smollett was no longer considered a victim.

Smollett told police he was assaulted by 2 men who punched him and poured bleach on him in a racist, homophobic attack as he left Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29. He said the men tied a noose around his neck and called him "ni--er" and "fa--ot".

He was still wearing the rope around his neck when he called police 45 minutes later.

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While Smollett made the rounds giving interviews to publications and TV shows, a dozen investigators worked closely with FBI agents to identify two men seen in grainy surveillance video as Nigerian brothers Abel Osundairo and Ola Osundairo.

The brothers were linked to Smollett through phone records and subpoenas to rideshare companies.

Fox32 News quoted sources within the Chicago Police Department who confirmed Smollett paid the two brothers $3,500 to leave for Nigeria after the hoax attack on him. He promised them an additional $500 when they returned to the U.S.

Agents took the brothers into custody at Chicago's O'Hare Airport when they returned from Nigeria on Wednesday. They were released on Friday after 2 days of interrogations. They reportedly told investigators they purchased a rope and 2 red hats to help Smollett stage a hoax MAGA attack.

"The two suspects released yesterday were, in fact, on the scene and in the surveillance ­image," police spokeswoman Jessica Rocco told The Post on Saturday.

During an exclusive interview with Robin Roberts on Good Morning America that aired Thursday, Smollett insisted the two shadowy figures in the video footage were his attackers.

"I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them. Never did," Smollett told Roberts.

Smollett retained 3 attorneys, Todd Pugh, Victor Henderson and high-powered defense attorney Michael Monico. Pugh told the Chicago Sun Times he would arrange a possible sit down interview with detectives on Monday, depending upon scheduling availability.

Smollett faces charges of filing a false police report, which is a felony in Illinois. He could face up to three years in prison.

Fans of the singer/songwriter were stunned and dismayed to learn that he faked his racist, homophobic attack.

Celebrities and politicians who supported Smollett after the alleged attack quietly deleted their tweets showing empathy for the actor.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi deleted her tweet that read:

"The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or who they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all."

Democratic Presidential contenders Kamala Harris and Cory Booker also deleted their tweets in support of Smollett.

When asked about Smollett this weekend, Booker told a reporter he was "withholding judgment" until more information becomes available.

None of Smollett's supporters apologized to Trump supporters for the hate and vitriol directed their way in the two weeks after Smollett's hoax attack.

Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty Images

  • SpiceGirl

    Well that was quick af. (going before the grand jury)

  • Blue

    This Empire spin-off is a hit.

  • WhoKnew

    I didn't watch Empire but this spin-off is tha' shyt!!

  • WhoKnew

    Ms. Sandra "can you please ansa my question" Rose.

    Do you think the grand jury is convening to see if there is evidence to indict Jussie or the Ola Ola Eh brothers or both? I mean they may have snitched but the FEDS might be like all you fools finna get locked up if we can get an indictment.

  • Marlika

    ????? Not Jussie again?

  • hi-liter

    Jamal Lyons has consumed this mans Entire Identity.

  • Chocolate

    Was that ola ola eh like in house party?
    ????????

  • WhoKnew

    Yerp. Sholl is.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™
  • Chocolate

    I’m mad at u for making me scratch my head then go back and sing it, then ask u
    ???????

  • KLove

    He took his hatred of Trump and his supporters entirely too far, and it blew up right in his face.

  • WhoKnew

    See now I'm on demand trynna find House Party so that I can get my Ola Ola Eh dance on for 2 seconds. Any longer than that my granddaughter gon look at me like "grandma, why you tired"? Why you sitting down and the song ain't ova yet?

    Side note: Her so precious. I picked her up yesterday and on the way back home we were listening to Kidz Bop and I looked through the rear view mirror and her head was just bobbin and weaving to the music. Me and my heartbeat gets our dance on when she's here.

  • Ni Ni

    I don't watch the show but I've been hearing that a lot with ole boy. I think that happens often, actors taking on their character's personality. I remember a director saying Sylvester Stallone is Rambo( when making that last movie). He was so obsessed with the character.

  • WhoKnew

    ...and now you finna pull the song up on YouTube to get your dance on, right?

    How bout this? Let's make this an Ola Ola Eh Monday. We're not cheering on anyone's downfall but cheering to how dancing is so universal and makes most of us feel good with no CHASERS.???

  • We Can Do This

    After the Grand Jury comes the official charges. He should just make a deal now.

  • hi-liter

    I know “he is” his character, but he has really lost touch with reality. Cookie and Luscious can’t fix this.

  • Topic Influencer
  • Alextra Ballard

    Smollet got 3 attorneys...that nugga know he guilty...maaaan turn yoself in 'plead no contest' .

  • TheWildChild

    Did JussNochio ever show up for questioning ?

  • Nik

    That happened with Heath Ledger. He was so engrossed in playing The Joker. If I'm not mistaken, his version was the darkest one in the Batman franchise. Soon after that he died by "accidental" overdose.

  • Nik

    All y'all outta orda this morning!

  • Bonita

    They gave the canaries immunity for the song they sang during the two day interrogation.

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    And he bet not be trying to contact those brothers cuz they gone hit him with witness tampering. I think his pride won’t allow him to admit to this.

  • Topic Influencer

    This also happened with Tupac supposedly. Ironically the same person that jussie said that he wanted to be. I have read numerous accounts where those close to him said that after his performance in Juice, that he basically was playing Bishop in his mind, for the rest of his days.

  • Nik

    Taking on a false persona is so common in the ET world. I don't doubt it.

  • NeverSurprised

    ????

  • Passion

    Hussie!

  • NeverSurprised

    The brothers have immunity. They are providing all of the evidence against Jussie.

    Their attorney is the only one with any sense. I can assure you she told them: "Look, I can get you off if you cooperate fully. Tell them everything. Give them everything -- your phones, your receipts, and you walk. Later, I'll negotiate lucrative book, tv and movie deals for you."

  • TransMichelle

    What sad times these are when a gay black guy has to pay 7 thousand dollars to have himself lynched by another black person! Amazing! I guess there's not enough racism going around.

  • NeverSurprised

    I just noticed you called them the "Ola Ola Eh Brothers". That is funny as hell. I mean, laugh out loud funny!

  • NeverSurprised

    "The Ola Ola Eh Brothers.
    I'm sorry, but I'm still laughing at that.

  • T865!

    And won’t be apologizing... btw, I knew he was lying from the jump ?

  • KcoolMuziq

    Al Sharpton Says Jussie Smollett Should ‘Face Accountability to the Maximum’ If Attack Was Staged.

    “If it is found that Smollett and these gentlemen did in some way perpetrate something that is not true, they ought to face accountability to the maximum,” the MSNBC host and civil rights leader said during a Sunday airing of his program “Politics Nation.”

  • TheWildChild

    JussNochio ? story keeps getting more bizarre.... I wanna know what celeb gonna speak first about his lies with the same energy they had believing this fairytale. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/952b0e836b89355567f63dc2cfb850f104b06f04b196301c14a7a2d1da1abc89.png

  • Coco17

    Yes and the news has too omg

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    The brothers didn't file the false report, he did. So I'm assuming they haven't technically committed any crime.
    Jussie is the one the Chicago PD is ticked off at right now, for sending them on this wild goose chase. With all the man-hours wasted on this, and money spent on cops' overtime, etc., I think they really want to nail him for this... and it looks like they will.

  • bella28498 .

    I agree

  • bella28498 .

    He’s not black the folks that Lynch Ed him aren’t black Americans. Black Americans get caught up in so much b.s that we have nothing to do with #ADOS

  • bella28498 .

    So now he’s the gay OJ???

  • bella28498 .

    Gay ppl always talking about ppl hating them but he turned around and did some hating himself ??

  • TransMichelle

    I just wrote "black" Apparently Smellet is considered "black enough" to play the race card. And his accomplices are certainly black. No "descendants of slaves" is another story but that's not what this is about. However, what it should teach people is to STOP trusting the main stream media. They constantly spin information.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I read an article yesterday about a heterosexual celebrity who didn't think she was doing enough an an "LGBT ally." I chuckled to myself. ? What is an LGBT ally? Heterosexuals do more harm than good when they think they're helping us.

  • bella28498 .

    I agree!

  • Dun Dilly

    WELP...and "JUSS" like that the LGBTQRSTUVWXWZ use of DEM /LIB Black racism to low key push the their agenda is exposed.

  • Soon2BWife

    Wrong city, wrong cops for this Jussie. Cookie and Lucious Lyon are not real sweetie and can’t save you.

  • Li-Wright

    I have a feeling...just a feeling, that the Cook County prosecutor is going to drop this case. And maybe just maybe the FBI will convene the grand jury, because I don't think Cook County wants this case.

  • Li-Wright

    Nope, I just heard that he's on his 3rd attorney in 2 weeks. He's dropped his first attorneys.

  • Li-Wright

    I don't think the State forms a grand jury; I believe the Feds do grand jury.

  • Ebony Starr

    Yes, she says that it's there story to tell and they will tell it when the time (money) is right.

  • Chocolate

    Ayyyyye!!! Now THAT’S a party, I’m down ?? ??

  • samuel severino

    Ding ding ding. We have a winner!

  • samuel severino

    Right??????

  • samuel severino

    No, he was killed. Sacrificed. Look at his very last movie. There are over 100 clues in that movie.

  • samuel severino

    If you see the pictures of early Pac as an actor in his performing arts school he looked very very feminine.

  • AListDiva29

    Supposedly he believed for some reason he was going to written off Empire (an already sinking ship) so he had to do this for attention! If that's the case a producer of the show said there were no plans to do so! I'm more pissed he took all this attention away from the cops, when a poor baby was shot and other LBGTQ violence isn't taken seriously, SMDH!

  • TransMichelle
  • Rayscoty

    I guess this comes with being the Female Tupac..

  • We Can Do This

    Some states do but this is federal.

  • Nik

    I'm aware that is a real possibility. That's why I question a lot of high profile deaths. For some celebs who pass away it was their turn. I'll have to read up on the last movie to see if there's any commentary in that direction. That makes me shudder!

  • Logan Roberts

    I'm so sick of this tom foolery?