Chicago Cops Examine Phone Records, Bleach Bottle In 'Empire' Incident

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This totally contradicts the one neighbor who says that she saw a suspicious individual around the building where she and Smollett reside about 90 minutes before the alleged attack.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, told police that while walking home to his apartment earlier this month, he was accosted by two men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him. The CPD also said in a statement, "We are very appreciative of the victims cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted". First, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants.

The New York Post has dispatched several reporters to Chicago to retrace Smollett's steps in the minutes before the alleged attack.

But sources told CBS News they've seen security video of Smollett outdoors early Tuesday morning and "nothing of an assault".

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"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".

Since the January 29 incident, Chicago police have not been able to identify any legitimate suspects in the case or find any surveillance video capturing the attack on film.

Moore said he overheard those remarks during the phone call and police want the phone records to corroborate the men's accounts of what happened.

"It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around", a customer from an Irish Pub near the scene of the crime said, adding it "doesn't really make sense".

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Smollett initially was "reluctant" to call police because of the attention he would generate as a public figure, Guglielmi previously said.

The Post said last week it traced Smollett's likely route to the underpass from a 24-hour Subway sandwich shop where he bought a tuna sandwich and a salad, and that near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews, the paper found an empty hot sauce bottle that was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.

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

Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident. I don't believe it, not around here ...

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"[Chicago Police Superintendent] Eddie Johnson says [Jussie Smollett] is still being treated as the victim in this case but if the investigation does reveal he made a false report he will be held accountable", he tweeted.