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Jussie Smollett gives cops ‘heavily redacted’ phone records from night of attack

February 12, 2019 - 9:39 am
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CHICAGO (1010 WINS) -- There are still no suspects in the attack on Empire actor Jussie Smolett, and investigators say they need more evidence from him to move forward with the case.

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Police received the phone records of the actor two weeks after the incident. Smollett alleges two people yelled racist and homophobic slurs, hit him in the face, threw a chemical at him, and put a noose around his neck.

Cops say the records Smollett handed over were limited and heavily redacted, and don't meet the burden for a criminal investigation.

Smollett's music manager said he was on the phone with his client at the time of the attack, and heard the slurs being yelled.

Cops have not been able to find surveillance video capturing the attack, and CBS New York and other outlets report that Smollett refused to turn over his phone before releasing the redacted records.

Reports say Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants Smollett treated as a victim for now, but would pursue charges against him if the case turns out to be a hoax.

Smollett's neighbors told the New York Post they doubt the attack took place.

“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” Agin Muhammad said,  “I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here… Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”

CPD said detectives may have to follow up with a request for additional data.