Jussie Smollett 'now officially classified as a suspect' in alleged attack: Police

The Chicago Police Department on Wednesday evening officially classified Smollett as a suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation for filing a false report.
2:31 | 02/20/19

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Transcript for Jussie Smollett 'now officially classified as a suspect' in alleged attack: Police
We'll look back now to the breaking news in the justice eleven investigation moments ago police in Chicago of officially called him a suspect in the case. This move comes several weeks after small let said he was attacked by two men hurling racial slurs at him. Eyewitness News reporter Carla miles in the newsroom now with the latest starlet. Well Diana within the last few minutes Chicago police sent down this tweet. It said it just is so what is now officially classified. As a suspect in a criminal investigation. For filing a false police report which is a class four felony detectives are currently presenting evidence before grand jury. A Cook County grand jury in that case now taking a major turn. The return address magna with the red marker addressed to Jesse small let. This threatening letter with homophobic and racial slurs. Is the latest focus in the select k.'s the FBI and US postal inspection service. Now investigating. Its elect played any role and sending it to himself. Small lacked last week on GM. On the letter it had. A stick figure hanging from a tree with a gun pointing toward with the words that say its wallet Jesse you will die black. And the return address it and be greeted you know like tax. Makah. Did I make that up to. The letter mailed to the Chicago studios at empire last month. Now want to handed the FBI crime lab for analysis according to ABC news sources. There is a Chicago police continue their investigation. Looking into allegations that small let may have orchestrated and paid these two Brothers for the racist and homophobic attack on him. They have not been charged but the empire actor sticking to his story. And pars knuckles and hundreds of thousands of dollars when artists try to take us down. We are also learning that's Collette was once accused of giving false statements to the LAPD. According to court documents from 2007. The actor was charged with false impersonation. Do you why and driving without a license because he allegedly gave his brother's name to police when pulled all over. So let reportedly pled no contest to reduced charges and completed an alcohol and treatment program. Now see what's attorneys did meet with police and prosecutors in Chicago today but again breaking news at this hour. Within the last few minutes police are now calling Jesse smaller a suspect. Possibly charge the class four felony we will be posting keeping you posted online and on the air.

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