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Jussie Smollett was ‘upset’ when he was told ‘hoax’ attack wasn’t picked up by surveillance cameras

Jan. 22, 2019

Smollett receives a racist and homophobic threatening letter at the studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed. Police later say they believe Smollett sent the letter himself.

The brothers said Smollett also sent himself this letter to the Fox studio where Empire is filmed a week before the attack. If he did, he faces another 5-10 years in prison on a federal mail fraud charge 

Police say Smollett cut his own cheek to make it look like he had suffered injuries in the attack. He is shown in a hospital bed selfie FaceTiming Lee Daniels, the show's creator, hours after the attack 

Police say Smollett cut his own cheek to make it look like he had suffered injuries in the attack. He is shown in a hospital bed selfie FaceTiming Lee Daniels, the show’s creator, hours after the attack 

Jan. 29, 2019

Jussie Smollett tells police he was attacked by two men in downtown Chicago at 2 a.m. 

The actor says the men used racist and homophobic slurs, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an “unknown substance” on him. 

Police say Smollett, who is Black and gay, told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in “MAGA country’

Jan. 30, 2019

Chicago police say they’ve reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance camera footage, including of Smollett walking downtown, but none shows the attack. 

Police obtain and release images of two people they want to question, calling them ‘persons of interest’

Feb. 1, 2019

Smollett issues a statement saying he’s OK, that he’s working with authorities and has been ‘100 percent factual and consistent on every level.’

Feb. 2, 2019

Smollett opens a concert in West Hollywood, California, with an emotional speech, saying he had to play the show because he couldn’t let his attackers win

Police released this image of 'persons of interest' taken near the reported attack

Police released this image of ‘persons of interest’ taken near the reported attack

Feb. 13, 2019

Chicago police pick up two Nigerian brothers at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport after police learn at least one worked on Empire

Police question them and search their apartment 

Jussie Smollett on Good Morning America on February 14, 2019

Jussie Smollett on Good Morning America on February 14, 2019 

February 20, 2019

Smollett is charged 

Feb. 21, 2019

Chicago police say Smollett surrenders to face a felony charge of disorderly conduct, punishable by up to three years in prison.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says Smollett staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted publicity. Investigators say they have a $3,500 check that Smollett used to pay the two brothers to help him.

Chicago Police Department  Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson tore through Smollett at a press conference on Thursday where he labeled him 'shameful' and 'despicable' 

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson tore through Smollett at a press conference on Thursday where he labeled him ‘shameful’ and ‘despicable’ 

Feb. 22, 2019

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot in February 2019

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot in February 2019

Empire producers say Smollett’s character to be removed from the final two episodes of the season.

March 7, 2019

A Cook County grand jury returns a 16-count indictment charging Smollett with falsely reporting an offense

March 26, 2019

Smollett’s attorneys say charges alleging he lied to police have been dropped.

March 28, 2019

A city official says Chicago is seeking $130,000 from Smollett to cover the cost of the investigation into his reported beating, which police say was staged.

Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian claims on TV that the attackers could have been wearing ‘white face’ and that’s what made him describe them as light-skinned  

April 11, 2019

The city of Chicago files a lawsuit seeking to recoup the investigation costs.

Tina Glandian, one of Jussie Smollett's lawyers

Abel Osundairo is shown in a 2016 video dressed up as the Joker

Jussie Smollett’s lawyer Tina Glandian suggested on Thursday that the reason he told police his Nigerian attackers were white was because they ‘might have been wearing white face’ and had disguised themselves. Her evidence of the theory is 2016 video of Abel Osundairo (right) dressed up as the Joker 

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx  recused herself from the Smollett case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx  recused herself from the Smollett case

April 23, 2019

The brothers who said they helped Smollett stage the attack file a defamation lawsuit against the actor’s attorneys.

Aug. 23, 2019

Judge names former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb as special prosecutor to investigate why charges against Smollett were dropped.

Feb. 11, 2020

Webb says grand jury returns six-count indictment against Smollett, accusing him of lying to police.

Feb. 24, 2020

Smollett pleads not guilty to restored charges.

Oct. 15, 2021

Judge James Linn denies a last-ditch effort to dismiss the criminal case against Smollett and sets his trial for Nov. 29.  

November 29, 2021: Jury selection begins  


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