Jussie Smollett arrives at court for closing arguments in his ‘hoax’ race attack trial

22 Jan. 2019

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

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

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

Police say Smollett cut his own cheek to make it look like he had suffered injuries in the attack

Police say Smollett cut his own cheek to make it look like he had suffered injuries in the attack

Police say Smollett cut his own cheek to make it look like he had suffered injuries in the attack

29 Jan. 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 statements, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured an “unknown substance” over him.

Police say Smollett, who is black and gay, told detectives that the attackers were also yelling that he was in “MAGA land.”

January 30, 2019

Chicago police say they have reviewed hundreds of hours of CCTV footage, including Smollett walking downtown, but none show the attack. Police obtain and release images of two people they want to question and call them ‘interested’

February 1, 2019

Smollett released a statement saying he is OK, cooperating with authorities and being “100 percent factual and consistent on every level.”

February 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 have released this photo of 'key persons' taken near the reported attack

Police have released this photo of 'key persons' taken near the reported attack

Police have released this photo of ‘key persons’ taken near the reported attack

February 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

The police interrogate 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

Jussie Smollett on Good Morning America on February 14, 2019

February 20, 2019

Smollett is charging

February 21, 2019

Chicago police say Smollett is surrendering to be charged with disorderly conduct, which carries a jail term of up to three years.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says Smollett staged the attack because he wasn’t happy with his salary and wanted publicity. Investigators say they have a check for $3,500 that Smollett paid the two brothers to help him.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson ripped Smollett through a press conference Thursday, calling him “shameful” and “despicable.”

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot in February 2019

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot in February 2019

Jussie Smollett is shown in his mugshot in February 2019

February 22, 2019

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

March 7, 2019

Cook County grand jury returns 16-point indictment, accusing Smollett of falsely reporting a crime

March 26, 2019

Smollett’s lawyers say charges against police have been dropped.

March 28, 2019

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

Smollett’s lawyer Tina Glandian claims on TV that the attackers could have been wearing a ‘white face’ and that is why he described them as fair-skinned

April 11, 2019

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

Tina Glandian, one of Jussie Smollett's lawyers

Tina Glandian, one of Jussie Smollett's lawyers

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

Abel Osundairo is shown in a 2016 video dressed 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 “may have been white-faced” and had disguised themselves. Her proof of the theory is a 2016 video of Abel Osundairo (right) dressed as the Joker

Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx has withdrawn herself from the Smollett case

Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx has withdrawn herself from the Smollett case

Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx has withdrawn herself from the Smollett case

April 23, 2019

The brothers, who said they helped Smollett set up the attack, filed a lawsuit against the actor’s lawyers.

Aug 23, 2019

The judge appoints former US attorney Dan Webb as special counsel to investigate why the charges against Smollett were dropped.

February 11, 2020

Webb says the Grand Jury will return a six-point indictment against Smollett, accusing him of lying to police.

February 24, 2020

Smollett pleads not guilty to recovered charges.

Oct 15, 2021

Judge James Linn denies a last-ditch attempt to dismiss Smollett’s criminal case and sets his trial on November 29.

November 29, 2021: Jury selection begins

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