UPDATED: 2019/02/17 1:00PM
Jussie Smollett told Chicago police on January 29th that he was attacked by two men in an apparent hate crime, but his story has since come under fire. Sources have alleged that Smollett paid his friends to stage the attack.
Now, the case is going to a Grand Jury, but it has not been established who is facing charges or what those charges are.
Police arrested two brothers, Abimbola and Olaginjo Osundairo after they were captured on security footage, but they were released days later without any charges. The police then said that they had “shifted the trajectory of the investigation.” They are currently determining if magazines found at the brothers’ homes are connected to a letter sent to Smollett weeks before the attack.
Smullett had originally told the police that he wanted to press charges and sign complaints against his attackers, but once the brothers were arrested, he changes his tune. He said that he knew them and felt back for them.
It is alleged that the brothers were paid $3,500 by Smollett for the attack and promised $500 afterwards. Smollett denies playing any role in the attack. His attorneys said in a statement that one of the brothers was actually Smollett’s personal trainer and said that Smollett thought it “impossible that this person could have played a role in the crime…or would falsely claim [his] complicity.”