Police are still investigating the alleged MAGA hate crime attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Some details of the case have been…questionable. Take, for instance, the fact that Smollett managed to keep hold of his sandwich throughout the alleged attack. That’s just weird, right?
The biggest problem of all? Surveillance footage, as far as we know, hasn’t helped a bit. There’s just no proof that this attack took place.
Police have been trying to get Smollett to hand over phone records, and he finally did. Just one problem. He handed them “heavily redacted” phone records, which isn’t sketchy AT ALL. //sarc
According to multiple reports, Smollett had refused to turn over his phone to officers after telling officers he was speaking with his manager at the time of the ambush.
Smollett has now reportedly released a heavily redacted record of his calls to police however, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the records “are not sufficient and do not meet the burden of a criminal investigation,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
There are whispers that police are considering charging Smollett for filing a false report. Heck– even Smollett’s neighbors don’t believe it happened.
“I don’t believe it happened the way he said it did,” Chicago resident Agin Muhammad told the Post. Muhammad reportedly lives in the same high-rise as Smollett.
“I’ve been in this neighborhood five years. I don’t believe it, not around here… Half the people are gay and the other half are black.”
A spokesperson for Chicago police added that the department was “appreciative” Smollett decided to cooperate with the investigation, but they’ll likely be asking him for more phone records in order to properly review the case.
His story just doesn’t add up.
We’ll keep you posted.
h/t CBS New York