Chicago Cops Examine Phone Records, Bleach Bottle In 'Empire' Incident

Chicago Cops Examine Phone Records, Bleach Bottle In 'Empire' Incident

Chicago Cops Examine Phone Records, Bleach Bottle In 'Empire' Incident

Smollett has already agreed to surrender his phone records and is in the process of gathering them, according to TMZ. "The police confirmed receipt of the records at [2:28 p.m. EST]", the spokesperson added.

Jussie Smollett finally provided his phone records to the Chicago Police Department on Monday morning, hours after The Post reported his delay in providing the data.

An unidentified patron at Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub, a bar located in the same neighborhood as Smollett 's building, told the Post that the actor's claims are "a lie" because "Chicago is the most liberal city around". The actor said he was on the phone with Moore at the time of the ambush.

Police say they took the bottle for analysis.

A spokesperson for Chicago police added that the department was "appreciative" Smollett made a decision to cooperate with the investigation, but they'll likely be asking him for more phone records in order to properly review the case.

Both Smollett are Moore claim the alleged attackers screamed about Smollett being in "MAGA country" - a reference to President Trump's campaign slogan "Make American Great Again" - and called the actor a "n*****" and "f*****".

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A source previously told ET that Smollett was walking around Chicago in the early morning hours of January 29, when two men started yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him, before repeatedly hitting him. The assailants allegedly punched Smollett in the face, doused him with a liquid - believed to be bleach - and tied a rope around his neck in an underpass between the Sheraton and Loews Chicago hotels.

"Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible", the statement read. CBS Chicago and other local outlets report that Johnson still wants Smollett treated as a victim, but will pursue charges against the actor if the case is proven to be a hoax. They have yet to locate footage of the actual attack.

As noted by The Daily Wire's Emily Zanotti, Chicago police have confirmed that Smollett walked "several blocks to and from a Subway sandwich shop that evening".

The New York Post has dispatched several reporters to Chicago to retrace Smollett's steps in the minutes before the alleged attack.

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.

Smollett told authorities he was on the phone with his manager when he was attacked.

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