The investigation into the assault on Jussie Smollett continues.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Division instructed ET on Tuesday that detectives rejected the cellular phone data the “Empire” star submitted by way of PDF in the future earlier as a result of they had been closely redacted.
In line with police, a PDF is topic to manipulation, however they aren’t saying they’ve any proof that Smollett manipulated his cellphone data — detectives have now requested Smollett to submit his precise cellphone invoice or a obtain of his whole cellphone. Police additionally instructed ET that detectives had just lately obtained surveillance video from shops within the space the place the assault occurred to see if anybody purchased rope across the time the incident occurred.
Because the investigation continues, Smollett remains to be cooperating with detectives, and authorities are persevering with to deal with the actor because the sufferer of a hate crime, the spokesperson added.
A supply beforehand instructed ET that Smollett was strolling round Chicago within the early morning hours of Jan. 29, when two males began yelling racial and homophobic slurs at him, earlier than repeatedly hitting him. The boys then poured a substance on him — believed to be bleach, in accordance with the supply — and one of many attackers put a rope round his neck.
The Chicago Police Division claims they beforehand requested Smollett for his cellphone in an effort to corroborate sure particulars from his accounting of the incident, which incorporates him being on the cellphone together with his expertise supervisor, Brandon Z. Moore, when the assault occurred.
Smollett launched an announcement on Feb. 1 addressing the assault. The next day, he appeared on stage at his West Hollywood present at The Troubadour, telling followers that he was going to “stand robust.”
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