Police Release Files on Alleged Staged Attack on Jussie Smollett

 

Chicago police have released their investigative files and video of the allegedly staged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Over 70 hours of video have been released with some of the most prominent being body cam footage showing officers arriving to Smollett's apartment the night of the attack.

Smollett's face is blurred in the footage because at the time he was considered a victim.

As reported by the ABC affiliate in Chicago, the video shows Smollett with a rope around his neck which he says was put there by his attackers:

Police ask him if he wants to remove the supposed noose, which he does, and then when informed that a police body camera is recording the whole thing, the actor asks that the camera be turned off.
"You're filming this right?" Smollett's manager asks.
"Yes, this is all data," an officer responds. "It's his house."
"They are filming," Smollett's manager tells the actor. "Can we turn it off?"
"Yeah," the officer replies. "You are giving us permission to shut it off?"

This incident kicked off a months long investigation in which led police to believe that the entire attack was plotted by Smollett.

Read more about the video and case HERE.

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