Jussie Smollett Seen With Rope Around His Neck in Newly Released Video By Chicago Police From Alleged Attack
By CBS News
Chicago police have released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he was assaulted by two men. The footage includes video that shows the actor with his face blurred and wearing a white rope he told detectives his attackers looped around his neck.
"I just wanted y'all to see," Smollett is heard saying as he touches the rope in the police body camera footage taken as officers respond to his home after the Jan. 29 report. He then begins to unwind the rope and says, "There's bleach on me."
He's later heard saying he doesn't want to be filmed and the body camera is shut off.
The Empire actor told investigators his alleged attackers doused the bleach on him and yelled racist and homophobic slurs.
Many files contain surveillance camera footage that police collected as they launched what was initially a hate crime investigation, as well as footage from what appears to be the route police have said the two brothers took to and from the scene.
One short clip shows the brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, running after allegedly staging the attack against Smollett on a Chicago street.
Body cam footage from the Jussie Smollett investigation shows the former "Empire" actor with a noose around his neck when cops arrive at his Chicago apartment. Smollett claimed racist attackers put it on him — but police and prosecutors say he staged the whole thing pic.twitter.com/OW0si3ROyi
The release is the latest chapter in a story that began with Smollett's allegations that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. He was eventually arrested on charges that he lied to police, and prosecutors later dismissed the charges.