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February 14, 2019

Chicago police reject Jussie Smollet’s phone records saying they were redacted

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The Chicago Police Department rejected Jussie Smollett's phone records saying that they were edited and they deemed it insufficient to prove his story right.

Smollett, a black and openly gay actor, was allegedly attacked by two men while he walked towards a nearby Subway restaurant in his Chicago neighborhood. According to his police report, the two men beat him and poured an "unknown substance" on him while calling him racist and homophobic names. 


After he was able to recover from the attack, he hurried home and called the police. The responding officers found the 36-year-old actor with a white rope around his neck. At the time of the attack, he said that he was on the phone with his manager and that his manager heard part of the attack. This revelation makes him the only known witness. 



Smollett did not initially provide the police with his phone records, but when investigators asked him to submit one, he gave a redacted version which they deemed "insufficient." However, his manager stated that the only redacted information were those of high-profile individuals and personal contacts that Jussie would like to keep out of the investigation. 



Messages of support have poured out for the actor since the vicious attack, but there are also some people who doubt the credibility of his story. One account was that of his neighbor, Agin Muhammad, who said that after living there for five years, he knows that such a hate crime is impossible because "half the people are gay and the other half are black" in their community.



According to another pub patron a block away from the crime happened, he believes the whole thing is a lie because "Chicago is the most liberal city around," and that there are cameras everywhere. He said that the police would have already caught the criminals if it really happened. 

However, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that they have no reasons to doubt Smollett's statements and that they are only confirming details, including phone records, to verify the story. 

Although Smollett is considered a crime victim, he will be held accountable for his actions if it is proven that he filed a false report. Nonetheless, Jussie is focusing on trying to get justice for the crime that happened to him that morning. 


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