Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Chicago police questioning 2 people in connection with Jussie Smollett attack

Chicago police questioning 2 people in connection with Jussie Smollett attack

"You have to understand it's Chicago in winter - people can wear ski masks and nobody's going to question that". "It's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth", said Smollett.

Smollett said the incident changed him forever. And I didn't answer, I kept walking, and then I heard, "f- Empire n-.' So I turned around and I said, 'What the f- did you just say to me?' And I see the attacker, masked, and he said, 'This MAGA country, n-,' and he punched me right in the face".

Smollett was allegedly on the phone with his music manager at the time the attack occurred - however, Smollett has refused to hand over his complete phone records to the police, which has given doubters ammunition for negative chatter on social media.

"I was there. For me, when that was released, I was like OK, we're getting somewhere", he said. More importantly, I want to say thank you. "Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police, '" Elgas continued.

Earlier this week, investigators recently rejected Smollett's phone records as evidence because "they do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted", a spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department said. "They called me a [bleep]. There's no which way you cut it, I don't need some MAGA hat as the cherry on a racist sundae".

Prompted by Roberts to elaborate, he said some of his anger is toward his alleged attackers but also those who have cast doubt on his story.

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On Tuesday, the actor said he redacted some information from his phone before giving it to Chicago police investigating a reported attack on the "Empire" actor in order to protect the privacy of contacts and people who are not relevant to the attack. It's all I know.

A second attacker, Smollett said, started kicking him in the back. "That I can tell you is awful", he told the press. "It's disgusting. Doesn't get worse".

He said: "I will never be the man who this didn't happen to". "I appreciate him not brushing over it".

The 36-year-old has previously addressed the incident - which roiled advocates nationwide because it reportedly involved a chemical being poured on the actor and a noose being tied on his neck - through his publicist and while performing at the Troubadour earlier this month.

"What is it that has you so angry?" asked Roberts. "And I don't subscribe to the idea that everything happens for a reason".

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