Chicago cops release video of Jussie Smollett with a NOOSE around his neck that he claims his ‘masked attackers’ put on him during the ‘staged assault’
- Chicago Police released 69 hours of video related to Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime case on Monday
- The trove of never-before-seen footage includes police bodycam video of officers finding Smollett with a noose around his neck
- Other footage shows cops arresting the Osundairo brothers on February 13
- The Empire actor had claimed that he was attacked by two men who launched racial and homophobic slurs at him and threw a noose on him on January 29
- Police later determined that he staged the attack and charged him with filing a false police report
- Those charges were subsequently dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, sparking outrage and launching an investigation into her decision
Chicago police have released a trove of video footage related to Empire actor Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime case where he claimed he was attacked by two men who launched racial and homophobic slurs at him and threw a noose around his neck.
Some of the never-before-seen 69 hours of video released Monday include footage of Smollett walking with that noose dangling from his neck and asking police to turn off their body cameras.
Smollett came under scrutiny after the alleged attack on January 29 around 2am after no surveillance video footage of the incident was found.
Police later determined that he staged the attack and charged him with filing a false police report. Those charges were then later dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.
Chicago Police have released 69 hours of video related to Jussie Smollett’s alleged hate crime case on Monday including footage of him wearing a noose he claimed his assailants threw on him. Smollett pictured above muzzed wearing the noose
Video footage released Monday shows the moment three officerswalk into an apartment where Smollett stands (in white) with a noose around his neck while responding to a 911 call about a hate crime on January 29
Smollett’s face is blurred but he’s seen holding the long white rope nose around his neck
An officer asks if he wants to take it off and he oblidges
Smollett still maintains he never fabricated the attacks.
In the noose video, three officers are seen entering a room with Smollett inside wearing a long rope noose dangling from his neck. His face is muzzed in the footage.
An officer is heard saying ‘Want to take it off?’ and the actor obliges. Then he asks if he’s being filmed and an officer confirms he’s being video taped and audio is being recorded as well.
The release of the video tapes comes just days after a judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx’s original decision to dismiss charges against Smollett.
Foxx stunningly dropped all 16 felony charges against Smollett in March despite them being agreed upon by a grand jury and he was allowed to go free after a $10,000 bail payment and 16 hours of community service.
In addition to a new special prosecutor’s investigation, law enforcement said that the FBI would be investigating the case as well back in March.
The Empire actor had claimed that he was attacked by two men who launched racial and homophobic slurs at him and threw a noose on him. Police later determined that he staged the attack and charged him with filing a false police report and those charges were later dropped
Smollet pictured suffering injuries to his face in the hospital after the alleged attack
Further footage from the trove released Monday shows police arriving to the actor’s residence after receiving a 911 call.
Another group of video clips shows the moment when the police apprehend the two brothers – Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo – who allege they helped Smollett stage the attack as they were arrested on February 13.