The Curious Case of Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett, the talented actor and singer who plays Jamal Lyon on the Fox TV hit 'Empire', told police he was on the phone with his manager when he was attacked on January 29th. Smollett said during the racist and homophobic attack in Chicago he was called “f—-t” and “n—-r” and heard the words “MAGA country,” a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” His manager said he heard these awful remarks over the phone, so police investigating the case wanted the phone records to corroborate the men’s accounts of what happened. But when Jussie gave the cops phone records …13 days after the attack…the Chicago cops say the calls were “limited and redacted” and not sufficient to help their criminal investigation. Law enforcement says they need the entire record of the phone call to show it wasn’t tampered with.Jessie’s peeps say the redacted information “was intended to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack.” So the question is, where will the police and Jussie go from here?The police say they are still taking the whole matter very seriously, and treating Jussie Smollett like the victim he says he is.The actor’s willingness to hand over his phone records means he is cooperating, and this is still an ongoing criminal investigation. Smollett is scheduled to appear on 'Good Morning America' Thursday morning, February 14th.

 

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