Jussie Smollett's phone records 'insufficient,' Chicago police say

Tabitha Dunn
February 13, 2019

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.

According to another tweet from Elgas, "Smollett requested responding Chicago police officers turn off their body cameras as they arrived to take his report".

Chicago police confirmed a New York Post story about the hot sauce bottle.

Smollett's crisis manager, Chris Bastardi, told Fox News: "Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police".

This totally contradicts the one neighbor who says that she saw a suspicious individual around the building where she and Smollett reside about 90 minutes before the alleged attack. Police have made no arrests and said they have found no surveillance video that shows the attack. Police have also recently acquired more surveillance footage of the surrounding area and are in the process of reviewing said footage, authorities announced last week.

But while Smollett had a change of heart and gave police redacted phone records, the department said they are insufficient. "However, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation, as they were limited and heavily redacted", police told WBBM in an email.

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On Jan. 9, while walking to a subway, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor after he exited the restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter.

The assailants allegedly punched Smollett in the face, doused him with a liquid - believed to be bleach - and tied a rope round around his neck in an underpass between the Sheraton and Loews Chicago hotels.

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

"I don't believe it happened the way he said it did", said Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same swank high-rise near the Navy Pier as Smollett. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served".

As theGrio previously reported, Smollett claims he was assaulted by two masked men in the early morning hours of January 29, as he was walking home from a nearby Subway sandwich shop.

"It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around", a customer from an Irish Pub near the scene of the crime said, adding it "doesn't really make sense".

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