Police release investigative files, video of alleged staged Jussie Smollett attack

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Video Chicago Police Release Footage of Jussie Smollett with Noose Around Neck 3,708TMZ Tasos Katopodis Getty ImagesJOSHUA CAPLAN24 Jun 2019

Chicago police released hundreds of files and almost 70 hours of video footage on Monday from the investigation into Jussie Smollett's claim back in January that he was attacked by two men - a claim that police later characterized as a hoax.

On Monday, the Chicago Police Department released the recording of the moment an officer entered the Empire star's residence following the alleged incident, according to video clips obtained by CBS Chicago.

Authorities released almost 70 hours of video related to the alleged racial and homophobic attack against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett.

He was charged with 16 felonies related to making a false report to law enforcement, but he was allowed to go free with all charges dropped after forfeiting $10,000 of a bond payment and performing community service.

Also, in the wake of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx's office's stunning announcement that it was dropping all the charges against Smollett, the police department released more than 700 pages of documents and Foxx's office released another 2,000 pages of documents, including internal office communications. Smollett is found by the officers with ropes strung around his neck, which he says were put on by the attackers.

"He doesn't want that to be a big deal, you understand what I'm saying?" the man says in the video.

"I've been truthful and consistent on every single level since day one", he told reporters outside of a Chicago courthouse where the charges were dismissed. "I know he's been getting some hate mail, he never showed it to me".

Smollett is still wearing the noose during the interview with officers inside his apartment, the video shows.

"I just wanted y'all to see", Smollett is heard saying he touches the rope in the police body camera footage taken as officers respond to his home after the January 29 report. Chicago police have said that they have overwhelming evidence against Smollett.

"You're filming this right?" the man says. The man asks the officers to turn off their camera.

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