Jussie Smollett gives incomplete phone records to cops

Lewis Collier
February 13, 2019

Almost two weeks after "Empire" star Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack, cops have yet to identify any suspects - and some people in his tony Chicago neighborhood are growing skeptical.

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.

Since the January 29 incident, Chicago police have not been able to identify any legitimate suspects in the case or find any surveillance video capturing the attack on film. Police are continuing to investigate the alleged attack and have released surveillance images of two unidentified men who are persons of interest in the case.

In addition to that, Smollett had yet to turn over his cell phone records to confirm and verify that he was on the phone with his manager, Brandon Moore, who claimed he heard the attackers yell, "MAGA Country".

Guglielmi added to the station that the redactions in the PDF file from Smollett are "extreme" but do include the hour before the alleged 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.

Still, Guglielmi said the records Smollett provided are indicative of his willingness to cooperate and the department will be following up with Smollett's team for additional data.

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A spokesman said the records he sent "are not sufficient and do not meet the burden of a criminal investigation".

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told police that while walking home to his apartment earlier this month, he was accosted by two men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him.

"I've been in this neighborhood five years". They also claimed the "Empire" actor "refused" to give the cops his phone.

"I don't believe it happened the way he said it did", Muhammad said. I don't believe it, not around here. "They have cameras everywhere".

Another anonymous individual, who says he's a regular at a nearby bar says, "It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around".

According to police, a PDF is subject to manipulation, but they are not saying they have any evidence that Smollett manipulated his phone records - detectives have now asked Smollett to submit his actual phone bill or a download of his entire phone.

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