Almost two weeks after "Empire" star Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a racist, homophobic attack, cops have yet to identify any suspects - and some people in his tony Chicago neighborhood are growing skeptical.
ABC 7 Chicago's Rob Elgas reported late Monday that shortly after the "Empire" star turned over the "limited and redacted" phone records connected to the alleged attack, Chicago police spokesman AJ Guglielmi told the outlet, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation".
According to TMZ, the Chicago Police Department has rejected the file that was sent by Jussie Smollett because it was reportedly redacted from its original form.
Chicago police told TheBlaze there was "no mention of MAGA" in initial reports, but when detectives followed up with Smollett later on the day of the attack, he recalled the attackers making those comments, and detectives completed a supplemental report.
Police said staff members of the New York Post found a bottle on the scene, but a police spokesman notes "it's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses". Police also told ET that detectives had recently obtained surveillance video from stores in the area where the attack happened to see if anyone bought rope around the time the incident occurred. "Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline". They also claimed the "Empire" actor "refused" to give the cops his phone. I don't believe it, not around here....
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According to police, Smollett was found with stained clothing and "white rope draped around" his neck, as he explained an unknown chemical, presumably bleach, was poured on him in the attack. "They have cameras everywhere".
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. "Why can't they find the attack?"
It all comes on the heels of reports that police were seeking "people of interest" after the "On Our Own" star told authorities he was attacked by masked men near his home in Chicago last month.
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.
Hopefully, the Chicago Police Department is taking this case with the seriousness it deserves.