A Timeline of the Jussie Smollett Investigation

Jussie Smollett Attack Investigation Timeline

A Timeline of the Jussie Smollett Investigation

On February 20, Jussie Smollett was charged for filing a false police report, a felony that could result in up to three years in prison.

But even with the new revelation, the trajectory of the attack is difficult to follow, at best.

It began with an anonymous letter containing racist and homophobic language sent to Smollett on the set of Empire, and has included an alleged report of a hate crime and a twisted investigation that has lasted more than a month.

Here is a full timeline of the events surrounding Smollet's alleged fraudulent attack.

January 22-23

Smollett received a letter with racist and homophobic messaging and a white powder, which was eventually determined to be aspirin. The letter is a combination of magazine lettering and hand drawn illustrations. The following day, Smollett posted a selfie on Instagram with the caption, «Ever just look at someone and think… this mufucca is going to be the reason I go to jail.”

January 29-31

Smollett alleged that he was attacked by two white men who poured bleach on him, tied a noose around his neck, and said “This is MAGA country.” Smollet claimed the attack took place around 2 a.m. near his apartment in Chicago.

Social media reaction around the was overwhelming, with politicians and celebrities offering regards to Smollett. Two days later, Jussie Smollett was released from hospital following the attack.

That same day, President Trump also weighed in on the story, saying he thinks it's «horrible.»

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Smollett gave his first performance following the incident on February 2; he said from the stage, «I'm not fully healed yet, but I'm going to be.

» Two days later, a police report revealed that Smollett was hesitant about coming forward about his attack.

By February 4, law enforcement had identified several surveillance cameras in the area of the attack and downloaded the footage for review. Smollett returned back to work on the show Empire on February 6.

February 11-13

Though there had been social media detractors from the start, the first substantial doubt cast on Smollett's claims came on February 11 from neighbors who lived in the community who cited the general climate of the neighborhood and its occupants as reason to be skeptical. The same day, Chicago PD released a statement saying that despite media reports alleging a possible hoax, it had no reason to believe Smollett orchestrated the attack.

In that same window, Chicago PD discovered that the rope used in the attack was found to be purchased by two brothers at a hardware store in the Ravenswood neighborhood the weekend prior to the attack. This was at the same time that the police were still working with Smollett to obtain his phone records.

Records from his manager, with whom Smollett claimed he was on the phone at the time of the attack, were turned over on February 5. Until February 11, Smollett had not turned over his own phone records. The police ultimately rejected those «heavily redacted» records.

Smollett defended the records, saying they were redacted to protect the privacy of his contacts.

On February 13, two Nigerian brothers by the name of Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundair were picked up at O'Hare International Airport as potential suspects. One of the men had previously worked on Empire.

February 15-18

On February 15, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo were released without charges. The next day, the Associated Press reported the focus of the attack investigation has shifted, with two sources telling CNN that Smollett could have orchestrated the attack.

The same day, Smollett’s attorneys released a statement to CNN that read, «Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with.

» As evidence begins to mount, public figures retracted previous statements of support.

February 19-22

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The Osundairo brothers are no longer considered suspects as of February 19. Details emerged that both the letter and the attack were allegedly staged by Smollett, and that the Osundairo brothers were paid $3,500 by check for their involvement in the crime, which had been practiced prior to the January 29 attack.

The following day, Jussie Smollett was indicted for filing a false police report, which is felony disorderly conduct. On February 21, Smollett turned himself in to police. Rolling Stone then reported that Smollett staged the attack because he was unsatisfied with his salary on Empire.

Trump promptly responded to the indictment by tagging Smollett in a tweet with the hashtag #MAGA.

Smollett posted bail and returned to work on Empire the same day, but on February 22, Fox made the decision to not include Smollett in the final two episodes left to be shot for this season of Empire.

The show, which hasn't officially been renewed, has until June to decide if it wants to renew contracts with Smollett, as well as its other stars.

The network and series had been supportive of Smollett up until his indictment.

February 25

The check that was originally used as evidence against Smollett was revealed to have allegedly been used as payment for training sessions, not as hoax payoff money.

The check was corroborated with text messages about workouts and eating plans that Smollett exchanged with the brothers.

Chicago PD Superintendent Eddie Johnson went on Good Morning America the same day, saying, «Let me tell, you, Robin, there’s a lot more evidence that hasn’t been presented yet, and does not support the version he gave.»

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The attorney representing the Osundairo brothers released a statement on the brothers' behalf on March 1, alleging that the brothers regret their role in the attack and the impact it had on minority groups and hate crimes.

March 8-15

After a couple weeks without headlines, Smollett's case returned to the news on March 8 when he was indicted on 16 felony counts of lying to the police. He was freed on a $100,000 bond and returned to work.

The following week, Smollett pleaded «not guilty» to the felony counts and a court date was set for April 17.

At the same time, allegations surfaced that Michelle Obama's former chief-of-staff tried to intervene in the case via State Attorney Kim Foxx.

March 26

Seemingly no where, the prosecution (handled in-part by Foxx) dropped the allegations against Smollett. In exchange, Smollett had to forfeit the $10,000 he posted for bail and perform community service.

The deal was allegedly not put in writing. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel responded by calling it a “whitewash of justice.

” The result has elicited controversy and confusion, with no one quite understanding why charges against Smollett were dropped after so much evidence had been provided.

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