Jussie Smollett’s Neighbor Questions Alleged Hate Crime Attack

Sergio Cunningham
February 13, 2019

They are also said to have poured an unknown chemical substance over him now thought to have been bleach.

ABC 7 Chicago's Rob Elgas reported late Monday that shortly after the "Empire" star turned over the "limited and redacted" phone records connected to the alleged attack, Chicago police spokesman AJ Guglielmi told the outlet, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation".

Smollett initially told police that during the attack he was on the phone with his manager, and his manager claims to have heard part of the attack - making him the only known witness.

A representative for Smollett has not commented.

A patron at Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub, about a block from the scene of the alleged January 29 incident, said Smollett's story "doesn't really make sense".

But department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the phone records are contained in a heavily redacted document file and aren't sufficient for an investigation.

The police claim that Smollett has refused to give over his phone, which impedes their investigation and prompts the police to doubt Smolett's story.

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After reporting the incident to police and conducting an initial interview with them, Smollett drove to Northwestern Hospital to be seen by doctors.

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.

Smollett declined turning over his phone because he said he couldn't be without it for a few hours, the Post reports.

CHICAGO (AP) _ Jussie Smollett is disputing any suggestion that he is being less than cooperative with Chicago police detectives since the "Empire" actor says he was attacked in the city by two masked men.

Although police have since asked for help from the public in identifying two persons of interest from surveillance recordings near the site of the attack near the time it occurred. I don't believe it, not around here ...

Near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews, The Post found an empty hot-sauce bottle that was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.

Investigators have pored over surveillance footage from the neighborhood, but have yet to recover any images of the reported attack - which became national news in a matter of hours and spurred Congressman Bobby Rush to write to the director of the FBI to ask him to open a hate crime investigation.

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