The Chicago Police Department has released a trove of documents and video footage connected to a purported hate crime committed against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollet, days after a judge assigned a special prosecutor to review the decision to drop all criminal charges against him.
In February, Smollett was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct stemming from a January 29 incident in which he was accused of lying to police about having been attacked by two men near his apartment building. Later that month, all charges against Smollett were dropped, a decision lambasted by the Chicago Police Department, which has claimed that Smollett paid two brothers he knew personally to stage a hoax attack.
TMZ obtained video footage of police responding to Smollett’s Chicago apartment after he reported the alleged attack. The police reportedly arrived 40 minutes after the incident in which Smollett claimed his alleged attackers tied a noose around his neck. At one point, an officer asks Smollett if he wanted to remove the rope, and he said he did, but that he wanted police to see it first.
Smollett then asked if the police response was being recorded, and additionally asked if there was audio in the recording. He then requested the police turn off the camera, saying “I don’t want to be filmed.”
The officers complied after getting confirmation from the actor that he wanted the cameras off.
Smollett has not yet publicly responded to the judge’s assignment of a special prosecutor to review his case.