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Posted by: Janelle Griffith
The Chicago Police Department said on Sunday that further interviews should be held on alleged assault by the Empire star Jussie Smollett, Referring to him as "the person who reported the incident."
"Although we can not confirm, deny or comment on the validity of what was unofficially dismissed, there are some events in this investigation, and detectives have some follow-up actions that include a conversation with the person who reported the incident," said the spokesman. Chicago Police Anthony Guglielmi
Here's What We Still Know:
On January 29, Smollett reported to the Chicago Police Department that two masked men were throwing racist and homophobic insults before they beat him. The actor who is black and cheerful, too ska Many of the celebrities, including the Empire and gay rights advocates, have shown their support for Smollett in social networks.
A possible hate crime
From the beginning, the police department reported that it is investigating the alleged attack as a possible hate crime.
"Persons of Interest"
A review of the security video of alleged assault and battery on Smollett revealed " Potential Representatives interest "which investigators would like to call into question. Officials released photos from the surveillance camera, located near, where, according to Smolletta, he was attacked. Before this break, the case seemed to stop when the detectives watched hundreds of hours of security and other types of videos and did not bring anything.
Refusal to exchange data by telephone
On January 31, the Chicago police said that Smollett refused. exchange phone records that could indicate that he was talking to his supervisor in the same way as it happened that he claimed. The manager told the police that he had heard the attackers say: "This is the country of the MAGA" during the attack, officials said.
President Donald Trump weighed that day from the Oval Office, saying that the attack was "horrible" and that he "did not get worse."
Seven Smollett acts
On the same day, the authorities said Smollett refused to transfer his cell phone to the investigator, his seven issued a statement saying: "We want to be clear, it was racial and homophobic crime of hatred. Jussie told the police everything from the start. His story has never changed, and we hope that they will find these people and bring them to justice. "
Treating him as a victim
Chicago Police Chief Eddie T. Johnson told NBC Chicago on February 1 that detectives do not require Smollett to transfer his mobile phone or telephone records. Johnson said the allegations described by the police "are terrible, horrible and, frankly, cowardly".
"He is a victim and we treat him as a victim. He worked very hard," Johnson said. "We are making progress in the investigation, and we hope that we will bring it to a successful solution in the near future."
Smollett released its first official statement on February 1, thanking the family, friends and admirers
"I work with the authorities and was 100% actual and consistent at each level," he said. "Despite my disappointment and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and false representations that I circulated, I still believe that justice will be sent."