Police in Chicago released more than 1,000 files from their probe into the claim by “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett that he was the victim of a hate crime in the city on Jan. 29. The AP reports that the new material released Monday includes video footage showing Smollett with a white rope around his neck that he told detectives was a noose.
“The footage from body cameras worn by police officers who responded on Jan. 29 to what Smollett said was a racist and homophobic attack by two large men has Smollett’s face blurred out because, as police explained, he was considered a victim at that point,” the AP reports. “The footage shows officers walking into the apartment, where they encounter the actor wearing the rope, before one asks him, ‘Do you want to take it off or anything?’”
Smollett responds: “Yeah, I do. I just wanted you all to see it.” Smollett, who reportedly told police the attackers wrapped the rope around his neck, then loosens it and places it on the kitchen counter.
Here’s a two-and-a-half-minute clip posted by the AP …