Cops Say Phone Records Jussie Smollett Provided Isn't Enough To Prove Assault

Cops Say Phone Records Jussie Smollett Provided Isn't Enough To Prove Assault

Smollett initially was "reluctant" to call police because of the attention he would generate as a public figure, Guglielmi previously said. "He is a victim, and we treat him like a victim".

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.

It has been two weeks since "Empire" star Jussie Smollett alleged he was assaulted by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him, put a noose around his neck, and then poured an unknown liquid on him.

"It's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis", Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

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.

Investigators requested phone records from both men, but they were given a redacted document file and a cellphone screenshot of phone calls. "Detectives may be following up with the victim to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline".

Chicago police have not been able to identify any legitimate suspects in the case, nor have they been able to find any surveillance footage of the attack.

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Police told ABC News Smollett was seen on camera walking into an apartment with a rope around his neck and "wearing it like a necktie" before calling cops from inside the building.

Last week, The Post traced Smollett's likely route to the underpass from a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop where he bought a tuna sandwich and a salad.

"I've been in this neighborhood five years".

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".

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. I don't believe it, not around here ...

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. Then, hours later, there were two "persons of interest" on video.

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