Jussie Smollett handed in his phone records to the Chicago police on Feb. 12, 2019, however they were rejected.
Police sources told TMZ that Smollett handed in the phone records two weeks after the actor alleges he was attacked. The records were a PDF file of his phone bill which was heavily redacted. The source said a PDF file could be easily manipulated. Numbers could be deleted or added.
The only irrefutable evidence would be a download of Smollett’s phone or the original phone bill.
Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told The Advocate the police were very thankful of Smollett’s cooperation, but the type of record he handed in does not meet the burden necessary for a criminal investigation as they were heavily redacted and limited in nature.
When interviewed, Smollett stated he told the police he was talking on the phone with his manager when the attack happened, and he could corroborate his story. The phone records may have helped the police put together a timeline of the attack.
Police reported there are extensive surveillance cameras in the area of Smollett’s building, and they have been unable to find video footage of the attack.
Smollett’s team would not comment to the Advocate if they will now give police the phone to help with the investigation. Police reported the case is being treated as a hate crime, and Smollett has been cooperative.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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