AceShowbiz - Chicago police have released footage showing Jussie Smollett with a rope around his neck the night the alleged racist attack took place. In a body camera video taken when police visited the actor in his upscale Windy City apartment soon after he reported the alleged hate crime on January 29, the actor still had the noose which he claimed the attackers put on him.
"Wanna take it off?" one of the officers asked as he tugged on the rope. Jussie replied that he wanted the police to see before he removed it. Jussie's face was blurred in the video because he was considered at that point, police explained.
"He doesn't want this to be a big deal, you understand what I'm saying," Smollett's manager told officers in the video. "The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his (expletive) neck. I'm sorry, you know. And that is what bothers me, the cut thing doesn't bother me at all. If that makes any sense."
Jussie's manager then asked that the camera be turned off, which the cops did afterward.
The footage is among nearly 70 hours of video which police released in connection to the case. Among other videos are the ones showing the alleged attackers, the Osundairo brothers, buying supplies before the alleged attack and inside a taxi on their way to meet Jussie on the night of the reported attack. There's also a video showing the brothers being placed in handcuffs by police as soon as they got off a plane.
According to Chicago police spokesman Officer Anthony Spicuzza, the video files come from a combination of police body-worn, security, city, traffic and crime cameras.
Jussie claimed two men jumped him, verbally assaulted him, poured a chemical liquid on him and tied a rope around his neck in the late hours of January 29. But the investigation later turned on the former "Empire" star as Chicago police believed that he orchestrated the attack with the help of the Osundairo brothers.
He was charged with 16 felony counts, including for disorderly conduct and filing a false police report, but all the charges against him were abruptly dropped on March 26. The dropping of the charges has prompted an investigation with a special prosecutor being appointed by an Illinois judge earlier this month to look into the case.