“Empire” star Jussie Smollett could soon be in even more trouble.
The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service are now reportedly investigating whether the actor played a role in sending a racist and threatening letter to himself at “Empire’s” Chicago studio. The letter contained white powder, later determined to be harmless, and a racist message.
The explosive new allegation was made by the two brothers who say Smollett paid them to orchestrate the racist attack on him that dominated headlines for weeks.
The letter is currently being analyzed at an FBI crime lab, ABC News reported.
“The latest in this ever-changing story comes hours after the two brothers claimed they helped Smollett concoct the alleged assault after he became upset that a letter threatening him, sent to the 'Empire' show's studio, did not get enough attention, sources told ABC News on Monday,” the ABC News report stated.
The report added: “The Osundairo brothers agreed to cooperate with authorities after detectives confronted them with evidence that they bought the rope -- allegedly used in an attack that Smollett described to police as laced with racial and homophobic slurs -- at a Chicago hardware store, sources said.”
Smollett is now seemingly avoiding Chicago police and has lawyered up.
Smollett’s legal troubles are now mounting as a grand jury reportedly heard the case on Tuesday.
If the FBI uncovers additional wrongdoing, additional charges could be filed. So far, no charges have been filed in either case.
Smollett better hire a very good attorney.