Jussie Smollett refused to give his cellphone to detectives investigating his alleged assault which has been deemed a hate crime.
Anthony Guglielmi, Chicago Police spokesperson reported that police asked Smollett to share his telephone records which would verify he was speaking to his manager when the alleged assault on him occurred. The actor refused to let police examine his phone.
Smollett’s manager told police he heard attackers yell “This is MAGA country” as the attack on Smollett was happening. Smollett did not originally tell police about the alleged incident. After this fact in the case broke in the press, Smollett told the police it happened in subsequent interviews.
Smollett’s family released a statement saying he has cooperated and his story has never changed. Everybody is hopeful they will find the individuals and justice will be served.
Police have reviewed hundreds of hours of surveillance footage from 20 different cameras in the area, and have not been able to find footage of the attack. Guglielmi said they do have footage of Smollet walking two the Subway Shop and home.
Authorities released pictures from a surveillance camera of two people they would like to talk to, who happened to be in the area at the time the alleged attack took place. They are not considered suspects.
Police will not demand Smollett hand over his cell phone. They consider him a victim, and he has been cooperative.
Written by Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware
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