"It makes you wonder what's going through someone's mind". The letter Smollett received before the alleged attack, which featured racial and homophobic language, was seemingly sent by the actor himself.
He said Smollett was dissatisfied with his salary. Police have obtained records of the money withdrawal or transfer.
Smollett told police the attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs, tied a noose around his neck and poured a chemical substance on him.
The announcement of the charges followed a flurry of activity in recent days, including lengthy police interviews of the brothers, a search of their home and their release after officers cleared them. They were taken into custody upon their return. "They do harm to every legitimate victim who's in need of support of police and investigators, as well as the citizens of this city". It was then reported that police suspected Smollett of paying them to stage the attack, and now Smollett has officially been charged with filing a false police report, Variety reports.
In the 47th hour of their 48 hour holding period, it became clear to police - based on evidence presented and a confession - that Jussie was the one who allegedly orchestrated the attack.
Smollett knew the pair from the show Empire. "The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate - and especially against one of our own", the company said the day Smollett's alleged assault was revealed.
Roger Stone ordered to appear in court over Instagram post
In that post, which also sought donations, Stone said Mueller's tactics were "straight out of the gestapo's playbook". But the order did not constrain Stone from making other public comments about the prosecution or his case.
The brothers were reportedly told to rough him up, but as they were wearing gloves, scratches and bruises on Jussie's face were most likely self-inflicted.
On January 31, Trump was asked about the alleged attack, and said, "I can tell you that it's awful".
The alleged attack became a flashpoint in USA politics and race relations.
Patton Oswalt expressed his anger at Smollett for feeding into Trump's rhetoric.
It's the latest twist in a case that began with an outpouring of sympathy for Smollett after the initial reports of the incident surfaced.
Smollett was charged by prosecutors, not the grand jury.