Police receive redacted phone records from Jussie Smollett regarding reported attack

13 February, 2019, 01:58 | Author: Irvin Gilbert
  • Jussie Smollett's neighbors cast doubt on his attack story

Almost two weeks since he reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Streeterville, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett turned over "limited and redacted" phone records to Chicago Police.

Reporters from the New York Post, reportedly found an empty bottle with a bleach odor after retracing Jussie Smollett's path the night of the attack.

Meanwhile, Chicago police said Sunday that Smollett has yet to turn over data from his cell phone to verify that he was on the phone with his music manager, Brandon Moore, when he was allegedly attacked.

The police claim that Smollett has refused to give over his phone, which impedes their investigation and prompts the police to doubt Smolett's story.

Smollett also told detectives that before they ran off, the attackers yelled "This is MAGA country, " a reference to the "Make America Great Again" slogan President Donald Trump uses.

"It's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis", Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Although police have since asked for help from the public in identifying two persons of interest from surveillance recordings near the site of the attack near the time it occurred. Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police.

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According to police, Smollett was found with stained clothing and "white rope draped around" his neck, as he explained an unknown chemical, presumably bleach, was poured on him in the attack.

"I've been in this neighborhood five years".

He later submitted the redacted phone records that detectives have judged to be "insufficient".

"I don't believe it happened the way he said it did", Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same apartment complex as the actor, told the Post. I don't believe it, not around here.

However, according to Chicago POlice Superintendent Eddie Johnson, while Smollett's case is being treated as a hate crime, he said the actor will be held accountable if he filed a false report. "They have cameras everywhere".

Elgas added that Chicago police have a security image of Smollett alone inside a Subway sandwich shop near the location of the reported crime, and that cops also obtained additional video placing him at the scene of the crime. They have yet to locate footage of the actual attack.

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