Jussie Smollett insists that he has cooperated with police since attack

2019-02-13 08:09
Empire actor Jussie Smollett.

Chicago — Chicago Police investigating the attack on Jussie Smollett last month say the Empire actor has turned over some but not all of the phone records that detectives asked him for.

Smollett had declined until this week to turn over the records that detectives had requested after Smollett said that he had been the victim of an attack on 29 January by two masked men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him.

But department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the phone records are contained in a heavily redacted document file and the records from the manager Smollett says he was talking to when the attack occurred were a screenshot of phone calls. He says the records aren't sufficient for an investigation.

Smollett on Tuesday dismissed any suggestion that he has been less than cooperative with police since the star of the Empire television drama reported he was attacked by two masked men in Chicago last month.

His representatives issued a statement a day after police said the heavily redacted phone records he turned over to detectives this week were insufficient for a criminal investigation.

"Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police," Smollett said. "Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police."

The statement said Smollett had a good reason for turning over what police called a redacted file.

"Any redacted information was intended to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack," according to the statement.

The statement is the latest in a back-and-forth between Smollett and police since he reported the attack took place on 29 January. Police have made no arrests and said they have found no surveillance video that shows the attack. They released video of two people in the area at the time who they said were persons of interest.

Smollett and his family have insisted that he has been truthful about the attack and his story has not changed since it happened.

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