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Chicago police officially name Jussie Smollett as a suspect

And they're presenting evidence to a grand jury

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Jussie Smollett, the "Empire" star who said that he was the victim of a homophobic and racial attack, has been officially declared a suspect by Chicago police.

Evidence against Smollett was presented by detectives to a grand jury on Wednesday, according to a statement from police.

"Case Update," the statement read, "Jussie Smollett is now officially classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by #ChicagoPolice for filing a false police report (Class 4 felony)."

"Detectives are currently presenting evidence before a Cook County Grand Jury," the statement concluded.

Previous to this official declaration, the hoax account of the attack was reported by news outlets receiving information from anonymous sources on the police force.

Those reports indicated that the two brothers who had been seen on grainy surveillance video on the night of the attack had begun cooperating with police after they were arrested.

On Monday, the brothers released a terse statement, saying, "We are not racist. We are not homophobic and we are not anti-Trump. We were born and raised in Chicago and are American citizens."

Smollett has denied any involvement in planning the attack, and in one interview he said that he was "pissed" at any insinuation that he was anything but a victim.

Here's the latest in the Smollett hoax attack:

Jussie Smollett now a suspect for filing false police report www.youtube.com

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