Jussie Smollett Shows Cops Noose Around His Neck in Newly Released Video
Authorities have released 70 hours of footage from the January incident.
Police just released nearly 70 hours of footage in the Jussie Smollett case, including video of him showing police the noose that was allegedly put around his neck.
In the video, police arrive at Smollett’s apartment after he called 911 and the noose can be seen around his neck. An officer asks him if he wants to take it off, to which he responds “Yeah, I do. I just wanted ya’ll to see it.”
The "Empire" actor's face was blurred because he was classified as a victim at the time.
In the footage, he tells investigators two men shouted homophobic slurs at him and put the noose around his neck.
He adds, “They poured bleach on me.”
Police later accused Smollett of making up the story and staging the attack.
Two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo, were arrested on Feb. 13., and they told police Smollett paid them to help stage the attack.
In another newly released video, the brothers can be seen in hazmat suits inside a taxi.
Smollett was charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly making a false report and then later indicted on 16 counts of disorderly conduct by a grand jury.
At the end of February, the charges were dropped, even though police maintained they believe the attack was staged. Smollett agreed to serve community service and forfeit his $10,000 bond.
Days ago, a special prosecutor was appointed to look into why the Cook County prosecutor’s office decided to drop Smollett’s charges, according to reports.
The Osundairo brothers are also filing a defamation lawsuit against Smollett’s lawyers, alleging the attorneys blamed them for the attack.
Smollett has maintained his innocence throughout the entire ordeal.
"I’m sorry I’ve put you all through this and not answered any calls," Smollett said in February. "I wanted to say I’m sorry and, you know me, I would never do this to any of you, you are my family. I swear to God, I did not do this."
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