Actor Jussie Smollett classified as suspect in criminal investigation


FILE PHOTO: Jussie Smollett poses in the photograph room on the 2017 BET Awards in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 25, 2017. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

(Reuters) – “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett is being classified as a suspect in a criminal investigation by Chicago Police for submitting a false police report stating he was attacked in a hate crime, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi stated on Twitter on Wednesday.

Smollett, 36, final month instructed police in Chicago that two males shouting racist and homophobic slurs had accosted him on the road and put a rope round his neck. Smollett, an overtly homosexual African-American man, additionally performs a homosexual man on the present.

Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Richard Chang and Chris Reese

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