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BREAKING: Jussie Smollett Now Officially a ‘Suspect in a Criminal Investigation,’ Says Chicago Police

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is now officially a suspect in a criminal investigation.

That declaration comes directly from Anthony Guglielmi — spokesman for the Chicago police department.

“Case Update: Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony),” Guglielmi wrote. “Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury.”

Fox News reports that the crime of falsifying a police report carries with it a maximum prison sentence of three years. Correspondent Mike Tobin also reports that Ola and Abel Osundairo have entered the grand jury room to offer their testimony.

Police have requested a follow-up interview with Smollett for several days, but the actor never reported.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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