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Jussie Smollett’s lawyers meeting with prosecutors, police investigators

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The probe could be handed to a grand jury this week, according to the celebrity news website TMZ, which reported on Tuesday that the actor's role on Empire has been curtailed. Police have requested another interview with Smollett, who has reportedly denied the requests repeatedly. The actor said in a statement he's "victimised by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators".

Smollett was pulled over and gave officer's the name "Jake", which also happens to be the same name as one of his siblings, Variety reports. Guglielimi said police reached out to Smollett's attorney, but said an interview has not been conducted. If the feds find that Smollett did send that letter to himself and can prove it, he could also be facing federal charges separate from the case that Chicago PD is building.

The men, who were identified to multiple media outlets by their attorney as Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, were held for almost 48 hours on suspicion of assaulting Smollett before being released Friday.

On Feb. 14, Chicago police said local media reports that the attack against Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed.

Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. He pleaded no contest to a reduced charge and took an alcohol education and treatment program.

Smollett claimed that on January 29 he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Subway restaurant.

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His family offered early support to Smollett, releasing a statement standing with the actor and thanking everyone for their help after what they called an act of "domestic terrorism". But by Friday night they had been released, Guglielmi said.

According to to Guglielmi, the actor told detectives he was attacked by two men near the lower entrance of a Loews hotel in Chicago.

February 14 - Citing police sources, CBS 2's Brad Edwards reports "indicators point to Smollett orchestrating the event" with other men.

Smollett, who has hired a prominent criminal defence attorney, said his assailants used racial and homophobic slurs and yelled "This is MAGA country" - a reference to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. One of the brothers had made an on-screen appearance on Empire during the show's second season.

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.

They also reported the four remaining scenes in the series see Smollett as no longer the focus.

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