Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Chicago Police Release Tapes, Files in Alleged Attack of 'Empire' Star

Chicago Police Release Tapes, Files in Alleged Attack of 'Empire' Star

At the end of January, Smollett claimed that two men attacked him - hurling racist and homophobic insults, dousing him with a chemical and slipping a rope around his neck - in an alleged homophobic and racist hate crime in Chicago sparking national outrage.

In one of the videos, police body-cam footage shows authorities entering Smollett's Chicago apartment, led by his manager, Frank Gatson.

In the body cam footage, an officer asks Smollett if he wants to take off the white rope that is seen hanging around his neck.

On Friday, an IL judge ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the suspicious conditions surrounding the dismissal of the charges against Smollett.

"I just wanted you to see".

Smollett claimed to have been assaulted by two men who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him on January 29. He then begins to unwind the rope and says, "There's bleach on me".

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Then he asks if he's being filmed and an officer confirms he's being video taped and audio is being recorded as well and Smollett requests the cameras be turned off, the Daily Mail reported.

Following the attack, Mr Smollett had allegedly received criticism after there had been no video surveillance footage of the alleged attack.

In all, police released almost 1,200 different individual files today, including thousands of pages of documents, arrest reports and handwritten notes from police.

While Smollett was initially charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, the charges were dropped in February. Both are wearing what appear to be light-coloured hazmat suits and gloves, with one of the brothers tightening his around his face.

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