**FILE** Jussie Smollett attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "Empire" at The Robin Williams Center in New York City on Nov. 14, 2018. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
**FILE** Jussie Smollett attends SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: "Empire" at The Robin Williams Center in New York City on Nov. 14, 2018. (Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)

A grand jury is being convened in the Jussie Smollett case, according to a new report.

Law enforcement sources close to the investigation said a panel will hear the case early next week, TMZ reported.

The “Empire” star, who said he was attacked Jan. 29 by two men screaming racist and homophobic slurs, has come under in recent days as reports surfaced claiming he helped stage the attack.

Two brothers with connections to Smollett were arrested last week but quickly released. They remain under police surveillance to ensure Smollett does not attempt to contact them.

In a raid of the brothers’ home, police found magazines with pages torn out, and authorities are trying to determine if the pages are connected to a threatening letter sent to Smollett a week before the alleged attack.

Smollett reportedly declined to sign complaints against the pair, saying he knew them and felt bad for them.

Smollett and his attorney have vehemently denied orchestrating the attack, maintaining it was a hate crime.

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