Jussie Smollett lied to law enforcement during DUI stop in 2007

The video was shared on Wednesday as Smollett's attorneys met with prosecutors and police in Chicago.

Previous reports suggested that a possible motive for Smollett's staging of the false hate crime was due to his character being written off of Empire, but these rumors were categorically denied by Empire producers, Twentieth Century Fox Television, and Fox Entertainment.

The producers of Empire are speaking out again in the wake of reports that it is cutting back on Jussie Smollett's Season 5 shooting schedule as the investigation into an alleged attack of the actor - including the possibility that it may have been staged by Smollett himself - continues to unfold. He said that the men shouted racist and anti-gay slurs at him, poured a chemical substance on him, threw a rope around his neck and shouted, "This is MAGA country!"

Two brothers who cops suspect were hired by Empire star Jessie Smollett to stage a bogus attack.

February 13 - Police raid the home of two brothers, identified as Ola and Abel Osundairo.

"The FBI and the US Postal Inspection Service are now investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to him at "Empire's" Chicago studio prior to the alleged attack", ABC News reported, after confirming with two federal officials.

Smollett, who does not face any criminal charges, also was represented by Michael Monico, another Chicago defense lawyer whose recent clients include Donald Trump's former fixer, Michael Cohen.

However, as a result of the varying stories, Jussie's case is now heading to a Grand Jury, where, as TMZ reports, "the focus is presenting evidence that could lead to a felony indictment against Jussie for allegedly filing a false police report".

February 18 - Smollett, upset after a racist letter sent to the show's studio didn't get a "bigger reaction", is suspected of paying two men to attack him a week later, according to multiple sources with direct knowledge of the investigation.

On Monday, Anne Kavanaugh with Media Pros 24/7, a firm representing Smollett, released a statement saying in part, "Smollett's attorneys will keep an active dialogue going with Chicago police on his behalf".

Regardless, they continued with the scene, screaming that they had seen Smollett on the Fox show and then calling him racial and homophobic slurs.

February 4 - Chicago police release the incident report that notes Smollett still had a rope around his neck when police arrived to speak with him.

Police had said they wanted to interview Smollett to discuss information gleaned from the two men that has "changed the trajectory" of the investigation.

Smollett's brother Jocqui and his sister Jurnee share a quote attributed to Malcolm X on Instagram criticizing the media for their handling of the alleged incident.

Last week, the two Chicago brothers, held as suspects, were interrogated and released. "Nothing is further from the truth".

  • Jacqueline Ellis