On January 29, actor Jussie Smollett claimed that he was attacked by two masked men while walking home from a Subway at 2 am. He claimed those men through a rope around his neck and cast homophobic insults at him.
However, it soon became clear that Smollett was involved in the attack and police believe he orchestrated the whole thing. They are looking to speak to Smollett again.
On Wednesday, Police official said "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is now considered a suspect "for filing a false police report" and that detectives are presenting the case against him to a grand jury, according to local news.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted the news on Wednesday after Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and detectives. If he's found guilty, he could spend to 1-3 years in jail.
Yesterday, he was already feeling the blowback of the staged attack. According to TMZ, his "Empire" screen time is getting cut.
However, after police sources said that he staged the attack, he's feeling the blowback.
Production sources told TMZ that Smollett was supposed to have 9 scenes and a big musical number in the second to the last episode of the show's fifth season. Over the past 24 hours, writers have been busy re-writing that episode.
The episode is in the process of being shot, and five of Smollett's scenes have been cut.
That's not where it ends. Smollett will also no longer have a musical number.
They also report that the remaining four scenes are not ones where he is the focus. They are scenes featuring the ensemble cast.
This means he'll be working much less. He was reportedly supposed to be on set every day, but now he's only working Friday and possibly Thursday. His scenes also require no rehearsal times.
Smollett's case is heading to a Grand Jury as early as Tuesday. Law enforcement sources say the focus is presenting evidence that could lead to a felony indictment against Jussie for allegedly filing a false police report.