Smollett has already agreed to surrender his phone records and is in the process of gathering them, according to TMZ. "The police confirmed receipt of the records at [2:28 p.m. EST]".
Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed that Smollett handed over portions of his call log from the early hours of January 29.
Police in Chicago say the actor who claimed he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack near his home has not provided them with enough phone records to help their investigation. "They were limited and redacted but detectives will analyze them and be in touch with [Jussie Smollett] if they have any other questions", Weigel wrote in a tweet on Monday evening. The actor said he was on the phone with Moore at the time of the ambush. A source close to the actor told TMZ that that was never the case, however, and that Smollett said that he felt "uncomfortable" surrendering his phone when police "informally asked", but that they never brought up phone records.
A spokesperson for Chicago police added that the department was "appreciative" Smollett chose to cooperate with the investigation, but they'll likely be asking him for more phone records in order to properly review the case.
Smollett has told police that he was walking in the 300 block of East North Water Street about 2 a.m. when two people walked up to him, yelled the slurs, hit him in the face, poured a substance - suspected to be bleach - on him and put a "thin, light rope" around his neck. His manager has said that he could hear the attack over the phone and was able to hear the phrase "MAGA country" - the acronym from President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
"Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible", a statement from the star's rep said. "Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim".
The police claim that Smollett has refused to give over his phone, which impedes their investigation and prompts the police to doubt Smolett's story. "Why can't they find the attack?" However, the actor "was on camera for all but about 60 seconds of his trip, during which Smollett reports the attack took place".
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has said that Smollett, 36, was being treated as a crime victim, but would be held accountable if cops learn he filed a false report.
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.