We’re eventually watching the police body-cam footage from shortly after the alleged racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett took place back in January.
The Chicago Police Department secreted nearly 70 hours of surveillance footage on Monday, including a video demonstrating powers entering the Empire star’s Chicago apartment, where he was found with a lasso strung around his cervix that he claimed was part of the attack.
As the actor clarifies to officers in the footage, he continued the rope on his cervix because he” just wanted you all to see it .”
Once Smollett learns that the officers are recording him via organization cam, he asks that the cameras be turn out, telling them:
” I don’t want to be filmed .”
The 37 -year-old’s manager is also seen in the footage, though both their faces are blurred, and can be heard insisting to officers that Jussie didn’t want to establish such incidents a “big deal.” Later, the manager is heard warn policemen he was upset over the facts of the case that the attackers placed a makeshift noose around his client’s neck.
Elsewhere in the newly secreted footage,
As we reported, Chicago P.D. was scandalized after the 16 misdemeanour charges against the 37 -year-old were stopped back in March — a decision that stimulated the City of Chicago to file a civil lawsuit against the actor to repay $130,000 in overtime expenditures stemming from the high-profile investigation.
Police allege the hotshot staged the attack in an effort to generate publicity because he was dissatisfied with his Empire salary. Thanks to the scandal, it now appears he’s been cut from the appearance alone.
Earlier this month, sequences author Lee Daniels tweeted Jussie would not be reprising his persona in the FOX drama. In response to a report that said Empire ’s writers were preparing for the actor’s return on the show’s sixth and final season, Daniels wrote:
” This does not constitute factual. Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire .”
As we reported, Smollett could eventually face brand-new accuses if the special attorney determines that to be necessary.
We’ll see if anything comes from this newly released footage — which you can watch for yourself( below ).
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