The investigation into the assault on Jussie Smollett continues.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Division advised ET on Tuesday that detectives rejected the mobile phone data the Empire star submitted through PDF in the future earlier as a result of they had been closely redacted.
In response to 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 complete cellphone. Police additionally advised 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 rep for Smollett advised ET on Tuesday that the actor is “the sufferer right here.”
“Jussie has voluntarily supplied his cellphone data from inside an hour of the assault and given a number of statements to police. Chicago PD has repeatedly knowledgeable us that they discover Jussie’s account of what occurred that evening constant and credible,” the rep mentioned. “Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one which Jussie is a sufferer. We’re persevering with to work carefully with the Chicago PD and stay assured that they may discover Jussie’s attackers and produce them to justice. Any redacted data was supposed to guard the privateness of private contacts or high-profile people not related to the assault.”
A supply beforehand advised 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, based on 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 sturdy.”
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