Cops Say Phone Records Jussie Smollett Provided Isn't Enough To Prove Assault

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According to a recent report from Page Six, two neighbors of Empire Star Jussie Smollett have allegedly come forward to say that the actor is lying about being attacked in a hate crime.

On Monday night, Fox 32 Chicago anchor Rafer Weigel reported that police "received cell phone records today from Smollett's camp".

Chicago police confirmed a New York Post story about the hot sauce bottle.

A threatening letter and drawing to Smollett was sent to the Fox television studio in Chicago on January 22, police told ABC News, and it contained a powdery substance that investigators believe was likely crushed-up Tylenol.

The actor said he was on the phone with his manager at the time of the attack.

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"It's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis", Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. But, after officials pulled several surveillance videos of the area - none of which captured the incident - many grew skeptical about Smollett's case. He also said in an earlier statement that he'd been "100% factual and consistent on every level" when working with police.

Smollett's representatives issued a statement a day after police said the heavily redacted phone records he turned over to detectives this week were insufficient for a criminal investigation.

Smollett said he was talking to his manager on his phone when two men yelled slurs, put a rope around his neck and hit him.

"I've been in this neighborhood five years".

"We don't believe this is the case at all but when anyone hands over a redacted and limited record like a PDF of a phone bill for example, those records could be manipulated".

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"I don't believe it happened the way he said it did", said Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same swank high-rise near the Navy Pier as Smollett. I don't believe it, not around here ...

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that if police suspect Smollett's story is a hoax, he will be held accountable.

The AP added that Chicago has one of the nation's most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses, and in train tunnels - and that police said such cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests.

"We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie's attackers and bring them to justice".

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