One of the videos obtained by the outlet captures the aftermath of the alleged attack on January 29, moments after Smollett calls police to file a report. In the police bodycam video, officers are shown arriving at the Empire actor’s apartment in Chicago. After speaking with the manager of the building who accompanies the officer’s to Jussie’s apartment, he can be seen with a long white rope around his neck, while his face is blurred out. He explains that two men doused him with bleach and then placed the noose around his neck.
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Smollett’s manager can also be seen in the footage while he explains his concerns regarding the situation.
“He doesn’t want this to be a big deal, you understand what I’m saying,” Smollett’s manager tells the officers. “The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his (expletive) neck. I’m sorry, you know. And that is what bothers me, the cut thing doesn’t bother me at all. If that makes any sense.”
Police then ask the actor if he wants to remove the noose, to which he does. After he learns that officer’s are filming, he asks the cops to turn the off the cameras.
Last week, a Cook County judge ordered a special prosecutor to reinvestigate the case after a months long contentious battle between the actor and the Chicago Police Department.
Days after the alleged hate crime incident, Smollett was accused of staging his own attack by investigators. While the actor, his team, and his co-workers vehemently denied the claim, the Chicago Police Department moved forward to arrest and charge Smollett with one count of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett was later indicted by a grand jury on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a police report.
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The State’s Attorney’s office ran by Kim Foxx, later dropped the charges against the actor.
While Smollett faces a possible second round of charges in the appointment of a new prosecutor, his career has also taken a hit due to the fallout from the investigation. Fox producers announced the actor would not be returning to the last season of the hit network show.
We’ll have to see what awaits in the next step of this ongoing saga.
The next clip is footage of the Osundairo brothers taking a cab to meet Jussie on the night of the incident.
This story was originally published on MadameNoire.com.
Actor Jussie Smollett Victim Of Racist Homophobic Attack, Twitter Reacts
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Praying and pulling for a full recovery for you, @JussieSmollett.— back...but barely! (@MsPackyetti) January 29, 2019
This is disgusting. And please don’t start that “couldn’t have been me” BS again today, folks. Please.
Empire actor Jussie Smollett attacked in possible hate crime, police say https://t.co/RoCaS8bMVq
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Hoping for a full recovery for @JussieSmollett, who TMZ is reporting was brutally attacked by 2 men who beat him up, put his head in a noose & screamed, "This is MAGA country."— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) January 29, 2019
We have to do better as a country. This is disgusting.https://t.co/cPTTuzo8ER
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I can’t believe someone really attacked Jussie SMOLLETT— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 29, 2019
I’m so fucking angry I could cry
And I only get like this when I wanna fight.
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Given what we’ve seen so far, I fully expect the men who attacked Jussie Smollett to score a sit-down interview with Ellen at some point in the next few weeks. Maybe it will be a roundtable discussion with Kevin Hart.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 29, 2019
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Anyone trying to ignore the fact that Jussie Smollett is BOTH Black & gay need to sit down.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 29, 2019
This was a racially-motivated homophobic attack.
They called him racial slurs AND homophobic ones.
He carries BOTH identities and white supremacists made it a point to target both.
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Holy shit. Hearing about what happened to Jussie Smollett. Absolutely sickened to my stomach. Praying for my friend’s recovery and an end to this hate that has poisoned our nation.— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) January 29, 2019
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The attack on Jussie Smollett was allegedly by MAGA white supremacists. This is exactly why we need to be defending ALL Black people.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 29, 2019
These people don't care if you're a woman, LGBTQ, or heterosexual. They want us dead. We can't let anyone force us against ourselves.
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Now a whole new generation of black folks are traumatized by nooses, the resurgence of a specific, public racism. One thing to be triggered by image of a noose, another to manage the trauma of having your neck in one. Jussie Smollett didn't deserve this. None of us deserve this.— Rebecca Carroll (@rebel19) January 29, 2019
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