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A neighbor of Empire actor Jussie Smollett claims she spotted a man resembling a “redneck” hanging out near the entrance to their Chicago apartment complex an hour and a half before the alleged attack, according to TMZ.
The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, said she saw the man pacing between the building’s entrance and parking garage while she walked her dog at around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. According to Smollett’s neighbor, the man appeared agitated and “out of place” as he puffed on a cigarette. She said he was a white male with “scruff on his face” wearing a blue winter hat, a blue hoodie, and jeans. The alleged assailant also wore “thick, grey hunting socks,” which the neighbor said she could see because his jeans were ill-fitted, along with “camel-colored” shoes.
She says she noticed what looked like a rope, or a clothesline, protruding from the bottom of his sweatshirt, made of white and blue material.
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She says he was staring at another man about 300 feet away, who was standing near another entrance to the building.
She says she got “creeped out” by the man, and after 5 minutes she retreated back into the building.
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TMZ previously reported that the alleged assailants wore ski masks. Smollett’s neighbor did not corroborate this detail.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi shared two...
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