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

Lula Sharp
February 13, 2019

Almost two weeks since he reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Streeterville, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett turned over "limited and redacted" phone records to Chicago Police.

The growing lack of evidence in the case has reportedly pushed Chicago police to even consider charging Smollett with filing a false report.

Guglielmi told the Post that after police seized the bottle it was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis; the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.

The investigation into the attack on Jussie Smollett continues.

The assault is being treated as a hate crime since the perpetrators allegedly called Smollett a "fa##ot" and a "ni##r" during the attack.

Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident. He also said in an earlier statement that he'd been "100% factual and consistent on every level" when working with police. The CPD also said in a statement, "We are very appreciative of the victims cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted".

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"We need something a little more concrete and direct if we're going to be able to say for a fact the conversation occurred", Chicago Police Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told The Post in reference to a conversation Smollett said he had with his manager at the time of the attack. "They have cameras everywhere". That call log will be analyzed and detectives may be in contact with Smollett again should they have more questions.

A patron at Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub, about a block from the scene of the alleged January 29 incident, said Smollett's story "doesn't really make sense".

Last week, The Post traced Smollett's likely route to the underpass from a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop where he bought a tuna sandwich and a salad.

Police said staff members of the New York Post found a bottle on the scene, but a police spokesman notes "it's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses".

"We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie's attackers and bring them to justice".

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