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Despite concerns about evidence actor Jussie Smollett insists he’s a victim

February 13, 2019 - 11:56 am
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CHICAGO (1010 WINS) -- A spokesman for actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement after cops openly questioned the usefulness of phone records from the night he was allegedly attacked in Chicago.

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Police called the records 'limited and heavily redacted.' After receiving the records CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department might need more information to move forward with the case.

"Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline," he said.

Chicago police have said that if he filed a false report Smollett could find himself facing charges. His representative, Chris Bastardi of Sunshine Sachs, insists his client is a victim.

Statement:

"Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police. Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police. Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible. Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim. 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.

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

"Chicago Police have not told us that they are rejecting any records, nor have they expressed concerns about the records to us. Therefore, we don't feel compelled to be bated into responding to uncorroborated press reports. We are dealing directly with the Chicago Police Department."

It was over two weeks ago that Smollett told cops two men in masks attacked him while shouting racial and homophobic slurs, but surveillance footage of the incident has not been found. Prior to that Smollett received a threatening letter at the FOX studio in Chicago. The letter was laced with a powdery substance that was likely Tylenol.

Police have released surveillance pictures of two possible persons of interest.