Chicago police release body cam footage of Jussie Smollett reporting his attack

Carla Harmon
June 25, 2019

Chicago police have released hundreds of files from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim that he was assaulted by two men. When one of the officers asked Smollett if he wanted to take the rope off of his neck, the 37-year-old actor did while stating: "Yeah. I do".

Smollett's story unraveled after the brothers were arrested at Chicago's O'Hare airport on the way home from a family vacation in Nigeria on February 13.

- Chicago police have released a massive new batch of evidence in the controversial Jussie Smollett case.


In all, police released almost 1,200 different individual files on Monday, including thousands of pages of documents, arrest reports and handwritten notes from police.

Smollett reported that he had been attacked by two men who yelled homophobic and racist slurs, but police later concluded that he had orchestrated the fake beating himself.

"He has a friend close to the inner circle of the subject". The disgraced entertainer can also be seen asking officers to shut off their body cameras after they enter his downtown Chicago apartment. A special prosecutor is now investigating why the charges were dropped and if Smollett's charges need to be reinstated.


Among the footage released is that of Smollett's creative director Frank Gaston meeting officers in the lobby of the Chicago high rise apartment building and giving them a short synopsis of the evening as they take the elevator to Smollett's apartment.

Smollett was charged with 16 counts alleging he lied to police when reporting he'd been the victim of a racist, anti-gay attack in January. He asks officers to stop recording. The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his (expletive) neck.


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