Potential Evidence Found Amid Investigation Into Jussie Smollett’s Attack

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 12, 2019

ET has learned that phone records from Moore were sent to to Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of Police Robert Boik on February 5.

Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident. "The police confirmed receipt of the records at [2:28 p.m. EST]".

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.

The growing lack of evidence in the case has reportedly pushed Chicago police to even consider charging Smollett with filing a false report.

Smollett told cops he was confronted by two men, one wearing a black mask, who called him "Empire f--t n--r" while he was walking home shortly before 2 a.m., hurling gay and racist epithets at him.

A spokeswoman for the Chicago Police Department tells ET that Smollett turned over his cell phone records Monday morning, and that the records "will be analyzed by detectives and we will be in contact with the victim should additional information be needed".

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.

According to multiple reports, Smollett had refused to turn over his phone to officers after telling officers he was speaking with his manager at the time of the ambush.

"Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible", a statement from the star's rep said.

Smollett initially was "reluctant" to call police because of the attention he would generate as a public figure, Guglielmi previously said. "Why can't they find the attack?"

In New York, reporters for the New York Post have spoken to the actor's neighbors, who doubt the attack actually took place.

Smollett has now reportedly released a heavily redacted record of his calls to police however, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the records "are not sufficient and do not meet the burden of a criminal investigation", according to the Chicago Tribune.

"Although two individuals were pictured on security cameras near where Smollett says he was attacked, sources close to CPD told local media that those two individuals appear to be homeless and were in the vicinity between 15 and 30 minutes before Smollett arrived back at his apartment on East Water Street, just north of the Chicago River", noted Zanotti.

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