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A timeline of Jussie Smollett’s reported attack and its investigation

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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett | AP photo

After the Chicago Police Department spent weeks investigating an assault reported by Jussie Smollett last month in Streeterville, the “Empire” actor was classified as a suspect and promptly charged in a criminal investigation for allegedly filing a false police report. Smollett faces one disorderly conduct charge — a Class 4 felony — and is expected to make a court appearance on Thursday.

Smollett previously told police he was walking in the 300 block of East North Water Street about 2 a.m. on Jan. 29 when two men walked up to him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him in the face, poured a substance — possibly bleach — on him and put a “thin, light rope” around his neck. The incident has been investigated as a hate crime.

The actor denied allegations that the incident was staged in an interview on “Good Morning America” with anchor Robin Roberts, and said the attacks on his credibility have been hard to take. He called accusations that he was lying “ridiculous.”

Here’s a timeline of our coverage:

Jan. 29: ‘Empire’ star victim of racist, homophobic attack in Streeterville, police say

Jan. 30: Rush asks for FBI hate crime investigation into attack of ‘Empire’ star

Jan. 30: Persons of interest in Jussie Smollett attack captured on camera, police say

Jan. 31: Trump calls Jussie Smollett attack ‘horrible,’ family calls it ‘domestic terrorism’

Feb. 1: Jussie Smollett on reported attack: ‘Justice will be served’

Feb. 3: Jussie Smollett opens act with emotion: Attackers won’t win

Feb. 11: 13 days after reported attack, Smollett gives CPD ‘redacted’ phone records

Feb. 12: After giving redacted phone records, reps stress ‘Jussie is the victim here’

Feb. 13: ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett tells GMA he’s ‘pissed off’ over doubters

Feb. 14: Police probe if attack on Smollett was staged, question actor linked to ‘Empire’

Feb. 15: Man arrested in Smollett attack convicted in 2011 stabbing, filed for bankruptcy

Feb. 15: Police release two men they arrested in attack of actor Jussie Smollett

Feb. 16: Detectives investigating if Jussie Smollett paid 2 men to stage attack: source

Feb. 18: Smollett may speak with detectives again Monday, actor’s attorney says

Feb. 18: Jussie Smollett will not meet with Chicago Police today: lawyer

Feb. 19: CPD: Brothers previously suspected in Smollett case meet with cops, prosecutors

Feb. 19: Politicians change their tune in wake of Smollett case revelations

Feb. 20: Kim Foxx sidesteps Smollett case over ‘familiarity with potential witnesses’

Feb. 20: Jussie Smollett adds celeb attorney Mark Geragos to legal team

Feb. 20: Jussie Smollett charged with disorderly conduct, prosecutors say

Feb. 21: Jussie Smollett turns himself in to cops after allegedly staging hate crime

Feb. 21: Smollett dragged ‘Chicago’s reputation through the mud’: CPD Supt. Johnson

Mar. 1: 2 brothers involved in alleged hoax attack on ‘Empire’ actor speak out

Mar. 7: Northwestern Hospital employees fired over Smollett incident: report

Mar. 8: ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct

Mar. 11: Jussie Smollett took advantage of Osundairo brothers: lawyer

Mar. 13: Records: Former Michelle Obama aide, Smollett relative reached out to Kim Foxx