It Looks Like Jussie Smollett's Case Is Headed to Grand Jury [Updated]

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According to TMZ, Jussie Smollett’s case will go before a grand jury early next week.

Law enforcement sources informed TMZ that a panel will hear the case, however it’s unclear as to who is facing charges or what those charges might entail.

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On Sunday, Anthony Guglielmi, the Chief Communications Officer for the Chicago PD, took to Twitter to release a official statement:

“While we are not in a position to confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what’s been unofficially released, there are some developments in this investigation and detectives have some follow-ups to complete which include speaking to the individual who reported the incident,” he wrote.

On Jan. 29, the Empire star told Chicago police he was assaulted by two men spewing racist and homophobic slurs at him. But his story has since been called into question as more and more details surrounding the alleged assault have surfaced.

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It’s all been a bit confusing to follow, so here’s a timeline of events thus far, courtesy of the New York Times.

According to the 36-year-old’s lawyers, Smollett has every intention “continue to cooperate” with the investigation.

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We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 10:38 a.m. ET: This piece was updated to remove a timeline.

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