The Chicago Police have given Jussie Smollett an ultimatum, that either he come talk to them or they’re going straight to a grand jury:
TMZ – The ball is in Jussie Smollett’s court, and we’re told the ONLY way he can stave off a grand jury investigation is to meet with cops and somehow convince them the “attack” was real.
As we reported, police “urgently” want a follow-up interview with Jussie … this comes after Ola and Abel Osundairo told police they staged the so-called attack at Jussie’s behest and even got paid for doing so.
We’re told the call has gone out to his lawyers, but cops have not heard back. It’s now complicated by the fact there are rumblings Jussie has a new lawyer — Mark Geragos.
Our sources say cops are waiting to see if Geragos makes contact with them. Our sources say if Jussie refuses to speak with police — which is almost a certainty — the case will go directly to the grand jury.
Even if Jussie speaks to police, unless he pulls a rabbit out of a hat and convinces them the “attack” was real, the case is still going to the grand jury.
Our law enforcement sources say the grand jury will decide whether to indict Jussie on the felony crime of filing a false police report.
So it’s basically going to a grand jury anyway. They are just doing their due diligence to give Smollett a chance to explain to them how he was really attacked and the Nigerian brothers are lying.
Yeah, I agree with TMZ that it seems very unlikely that he will go talk to the cops.
In related news, this was announced yesterday:
The two brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett attack told police that Smollett was behind creating a racist letter that was sent to the actor on the set of his show, “Empire,” according to two sources with first-hand knowledge of the investigation.
Smollett received a letter containing a white powder Jan. 22. The letter was mailed to Chicago’s Cinespace Studios, where the show “Empire” is filmed. The letter prompted a HAZMAT response. CPD says the “white substance” was later determined to be aspirin.
The note was crafted with letters apparently cut out from magazines to form words. The pieced-together message contained racial and homophobic threats directed at Smollett. A magazine is one of the pieces of evidence retrieved from the brother’s home last week during a search conducted by CPD. Investigators also recovered a book of stamps.
This jives with what we concluded on Monday after the cops raided their apartment and took the magazines, writing samples, and the stamp book. It was clear then Smollett had orchestrated the whole thing.
And lastly and less interestingly…
Jussie Smollett — who is suspected of faking a hate crime against himself — pleaded no contest in 2007 to providing false information to police during a DUI stop in LA, according to a report.
The misdemeanor complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in September that year says that Smollett gave the name of his brother, Jake, when he was asked by an officer.
He also signed a false name on the promise to appear in court.
Smollett also was later charged with false impersonation, driving under the influence and driving without a license.
So there you go. Smollett sits on a throne of lies!