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Jussie Smollett's hate crime case headed to grand jury next week

Jussie Smollett's hate crime case headed to grand jury next week

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett, pictured May 27, 2018 in NY, lied about his attack, according to "Daily Show" comedian Michael Kosta and thousands of others on social media.

Both reported being part-owners of a party supply store, but said it was operating at a loss. They also reportedly said they rehearsed the attack "days" before it happened. Investigators are now trying to determine if they are connected to the threatening letter that Smollett received in the week before the alleged attack.

Smollett denies playing a role in his attack, according to a statement from his attorneys.

"One of these purported suspects was Jussie's personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video", the statement claims.

The strong and reiterated belief from the showrunner and EP comes as the series continues production with Smollett and the investigation by the Chicago PD has seemingly centered its spotlight onto the actor himself.

Smollett's reps have called previous reports that the attacked was staged "ridiculous".

One of the brothers has appeared as an extra on Smollett's TV drama Empire.

On Friday, two brothers, Obabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo, were arrested and released hours later without being charged.

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"We're not confirming, denying or commenting on anything until we can talk to him and we can corroborate some information that we've gotten", Guglielmi said.

Weigel said Smollett is now being represented by Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson, two attorneys from Chicago.

The Daily Mail has reported that a grand jury is slated to hear the Jussie Smollett (above-left) case next week, according to law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation into the Empire actor's alleged hoax attack. "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying". Fox has also stood by the actor. It's important to remember that at this point in time, the sources claiming Jussie Smollett was involved in staging the MAGA hate crime and attack remain unnamed.

Law enforcement sources told local news outlets the brothers told detectives that Smollett paid them to take part in the alleged attack and bought the rope found around the actor's neck.

Smollett gave his first detailed account of what he says was a hate crime against him, and the aftermath, in an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" that aired Thursday.

"It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more".

"I never said that". "I didn't need to add anything like that. I don't need some MAGA hat as the cherry on top of some racist sundae", Smollett said.