Actor Jussie Smollett could be indicted by a grand jury next week, over claims he faked his own hate crime.
The actor is accused of hiring two Nigerian brothers to carry out the assault on January 29th.
According to the latest reports from CBS, Jesse allegedly paid Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo $3,500 to help him carry out the attack on himself.
Originally, Smollett described his attackers as white.
He claimed they beat him up outside his apartment in Chicago, tied a rope noose around his neck and poured a bleach-like liquid over him, while hurling racist and homophobic slurs.
The men allegedly purchased the materials used in the attack from local hardware stores.
CBS claims they even rehearsed the attack with Jussie Smollett.
Abimbola Osundairo has appeared as an extra on Smollett’s TV drama “Empire.”
Smollett described his alleged attack in detail during a show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on February 2, telling fans he fought back against his assailants and chased them off.
He also branded himself the “gay Tupac.”
Jussie Smollett has adamantly denied the claims in several high-profile interviews since the attack occurred.