Jussie Smollett Turns Over ‘Limited And Heavily Redacted’ Phone Records In Probe Of Alleged Attack

chicago.cbslocal.com | 2/12/2019 | Staff
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police are analyzing several new pieces of evidence in the alleged attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett; including cell phone records, and a half-empty bottle that smells like bleach.

Police have said the 36-year-old actor was walking home from a Subway restaurant in Streeterville around 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, when two men attacked him near his apartment.

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Smollett told police his attackers yelled racist and homophobic slurs, put a noose around his neck, and doused him with a chemical sources said appears to have been bleach. Police said Smollett — an openly gay African American actor and singer — told investigators he was on the phone with his manager during the attack, but Smollett and his manager both have refused to turn over their phones.

Tuesday morning, police confirmed Smollett now has turned over “limited and heavily redacted” phone records to detectives. Police might reach out to Smollett for more information.

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“We are very appreciative of the victim’s cooperation. However, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation, as they were limited and heavily redacted. Detectives may be following up with the victim to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline,” Chicago police stated in an email.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Smollett turned over a PDF file...
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