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The news cycle being what it is, stories tend to wash out relatively quickly. Thus, most of us have forgotten about “Empire” star Jussie Smollett’s alleged victimization at the hands of two white hate criminals who apparently used homophobic and racial slurs against the gay, black actor during an alleged assault in Chicago while telling him, “This is MAGA country.”
There were several things that seemed rank about the whole account, not the least of which was that neither Smollett nor his manager would turn over phone records even though the two said they were talking to each other at the time of the assault and that the manager heard the politically charged language being hurled at Smollett.
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Finally, two weeks after the attack, it seemed that there had been a break on that end:
“Chicago police received limited and redacted phone records from the victim,” Chicago Police spokesman Tom Ahern said, according to WBBM Newsradio.
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“These records will be analyzed by detectives and we will be in contact with the victim should additional information be needed.”
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It’s not just that they were “redacted,” however. Part of the problem is that the phone records were submitted to police in a format where they could easily be tampered with.
“Law enforcement sources tell us … what Jussie turned in 2 weeks after his alleged attack was a heavily redacted PDF file of...
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