Still wearing the noose allegedly used to threaten him, Jussie Smollett appears in new footage from the night he reported being attacked.
Chicago Police have released body-cam videos taken from their initial meeting with Jussie, following his manager’s 911 call in the early hours of January 29, 2019.
The film, published by TMZ, was taken around 40 minutes after the Empire actor says he was ambushed, and even sees police officers suggest that he removes the rope from his neck.
That’s when Jussie explains tells them he wanted to keep it on until they had seen it.
Later, he says he doesn’t want to be recorded.
In March, the actor was cleared of all 16 counts of filing a ‘fake’ police report that night, amid allegations that he had staged his own attack.
Now, however, a special prosecutor has been assigned to investigate why the charges were suddenly dropped, the latest development being the release of these videos from the night of the attack.
At the start of this month, Chicago Police released the 911 call made to report a racist and homophobic ambush.
The Empire star’s manager Frank Gatson made the calls around 40 minutes after Smollett returned to his apartment with a noose around his neck, according to the New York Post.
Gatson is heard saying: ‘I just think he’s startled. I’m scared and I don’t know what it is — they put a noose around his neck.
‘They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f***ed up to me — sorry for saying it like that.’
He also says that Jussie was initially hesitant to file an official statement but believed it was ‘in his best interests’ and co-operated fully with officers.
Police reports from the night of the incident see Jussie claim that he was attacked by two men who ‘beat him up, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him’ on the 300-block of East North Water Street at around 2 am.
He was later taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment and was found to have fractured a rib.
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