Report: FBI Investigating Jussie Smollett Letter

Chicago Police have been very interested in getting "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett back in for a chat. If the two men cooperating with police –Ola and Abel Osundairo are to be believed, Smollett was involved in the planning and execution of what he’s maintained was a hate-crime. But it’s getting worse.

Now comes word that federal investigators are looking into whether Smollett had something to do with a threatening letter that was sent to him on the Chicago set of the hit show. In fact, sources are saying the letter is now at the FBI crime lab for testing. As you might recall, the letter was sent just days before Smollett claimed he was attacked in Chicago.

According to the Osundairo brothers, the alleged attack came because Smollett was upset that the studio’s reaction to the letter wasn’t appropriate. And here’s the thing: while state charges surrounding the filing of a false police report are certainly problematic (and do carry a fine and potential jail time), mailing of the letter means that whomever sent it will surely face federal indictment. Conventional wisdom is that any judge overseeing this case will want to “make an example” of the guilty party. Various sources are reporting that grand jury could begin weighing an indictment any time now.