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After giving redacted phone records, reps stress ‘Jussie is the victim here’

After giving redacted phone records, reps stress ‘Jussie is the victim here’

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. 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.

The Chicago Police Department claims they previously asked Smollett for his phone in an effort to corroborate certain details from his accounting of the incident, which includes him being on the phone with his talent manager, Brandon Z. Moore, when the attack occurred.

Chicago police told TheBlaze there was "no mention of MAGA" in initial reports, but when detectives followed up with Smollett later on the day of the attack, he recalled the attackers making those comments, and detectives completed a supplemental report.

Late Monday evening, ABC7 Chicago reported that an empty hot sauce bottle that smelled like bleach was found near the location of the alleged attack.

The Chicago PD has been sure to remind the 36-year old thespian of the repercussions of filing a false police report, especially one of such magnitude in such a sensitive time for society in this country. On January 31, one day after local law enforcement released photos of "persons of interest" in the matter, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi referred to the matter as an "assault and battery case".

The actor said he was on the phone with his manager when he was confronted. First, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants.




"I don't believe it happened the way he said it did". "They have cameras everywhere".

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. "Why can't they find the attack".

Meanwhile, New York Post reports that residents who live in Jussie's building are giving the side-eye to his official version of events.

The assault is being treated as a hate crime since the perpetrators allegedly called Smollett a "fa##ot" and a "ni##r" during the attack.

A spokesperson for Chicago police added that the department was "appreciative" Smollett made a decision to cooperate with the investigation, but they'll likely be asking him for more phone records in order to properly review the case. The cutout letters read, "You will die black f**".


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