Video Released of Alleged Staged Jussie Smollett Attack Shows Actor with Noose Around Neck

CHICAGO, I.L. — Police on Monday released investigative files and video showing the alleged staged attack of actor Jussie Smollett — one of the videos shows the actor with a noose around his neck.

Police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi released the content Monday afternoon, which included nearly 70 hours of video and 500 pages of handwritten case notes. The release also included arrest reports, case reports, body cam footage and surveillance footage.

On Jan. 29, Smollett told police he was attacked in Chicago by two people who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs.”

In one of the videos released, officers entering Smollett's apartment and the actor is wearing a red and white sweater with a noose around his neck.

"Do you want to take it off or anything?" one of the officers asks him.

"Yeah, I do, I just wanted y'all to see (inaudible)," Smollett says in the video before removing the rope. "They poured some bleach on me."

"You're filming this right?" the man says. The officers say yes.

"I don't want to be filmed," Smollett says. The man asks the officers to turn off their camera.

Smollett was later charged with multiple felony counts after Chicago police said he staged the attack against himself.

Police said he staged the attack with the help of two brothers, Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo. They were seen on video riding in a taxi on the night of the incident.

Prosecutors eventually dropped the charges against the actor, but the city asked for more than $130,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into the alleged fake crime.

Smollett has maintained his innocence and did not pay the city by the deadline he was given.

Smollett was accused of disorderly conduct, and staging a phony hate crime, to raise his profile — and salary — on the television series "Empire." Chicago police have said that they have overwhelming evidence against Smollett.

The case became an international sensation — hitting several hot button issues including celebrity scandals, race, police relations, sexual orientation and even politics.

15 comments

  • straubdavid9

    Did they ever catch those two white guy Trump supporters that did this too him? LOLzzzzzzzzzzz! He needs jail time …. this could have ended badly with riots or worse.

    • darkhorse6669

      No one famous goes to jail its total BS. This dude needs to rot there for trying to prey on the division in the country and potentially make it exponentially worse.

      • fortisveritas

        “O.J. Simpson is in prison for conspiracy to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit kidnapping, conspiracy to commit robbery, burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon, two counts of first-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon, two counts of robbery with use of a deadly weapon and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon.” Sports Illustrated 7/20/17

  • Lisa Marshinski

    Just a waste of airtime. He didn’t pay his fine and is still walking around and working? OOooooh, that’s right, Obama made that part happen.

      • fortisveritas

        People magazine: “Michelle Obama‘s former top aide was in contact with the prosecutor in Jussie Smollett’s case, weeks before a grand jury indicted the Empire actor on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports on Feb. 20.
        Tina Tchen, who worked as Obama’s chief of staff and now leads the Southern Poverty Law Center, texted with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx amid the investigation. The communication between Foxx and Tchen, who describes herself as a “family friend” of the Smolletts, raised questions after Foxx’s office dropped all felony charges against Smollett.” Connect the dots.

      • fortisveritas

        There’s plenty of other articles on this from lots of news outlets. He had the trifecta get out of jail cards: Color, sexual orientation, friends with the Obamas. Boom.

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