Potential Evidence Found Amid Investigation Into Jussie Smollett’s Attack

Brenda Watkins
February 13, 2019

Police in Chicago say the actor who claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his home has not provided them with enough phone records to help their investigation.

Last week, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department said Jussie would be charged with a crime if it is found that he filed a false police report.

Smollett initially was "reluctant" to call police because of the attention he would generate as a public figure, Guglielmi previously said.

Smollett told police he was on the phone with his manager Brandon Z. Moore during the alleged racist and homophobic attack he endured on January 29.

Of the edits to the phone records, he has this to say: "Any redacted information was meant to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack". Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police. A source close to the actor told TMZ that that was never the case, however, and that Smollett said that he felt "uncomfortable" surrendering his phone when police "informally asked", but that they never brought up phone records.

Smollett said he was talking to his manager on his phone when two men yelled slurs, put a rope around his neck and hit him.

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Further lending credence to Smollett's claims, police have confirmed to the outlet that surveillance footage from Smollett's building shows the actor walking around with rope around his neck.

We're inclined to believe what he's selling but for some reason, a vast number of people are casting doubt on what he says happened. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served".

Meanwhile, the New York Post reports that an empty hot sauce bottle filled with a clear liquid was found near the scene of the reported attack, and that it smelled like bleach. That call log will be analyzed and detectives may be in contact with Smollett again should they have more questions.

The AP added that Chicago has one of the nation's most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses, and in train tunnels - and that police said such cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests.

Muhammad reportedly lives in the same high-rise as Smollett.

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