Reports say that the phone records that Jussie Smollett to corroborate his version of his racist and homophobic attack are "limited and redacted" and insufficient for a criminal investigation. As previously reported, Smollett turned over the records almost two weeks after the attack. According to Page Six, the records were a "heavily redacted" PDF of his call log within an hour of the attack. The Empire star claimed to have been on the phone with his manager Brandon Z. Moore at the time of the attack.
Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told the publication, “We need something a little more concrete and direct if we’re going to be able to say for a fact the conversation occurred. We don’t believe this is the case at all, but when anyone hands over a redacted and limited record like a PDF of a phone bill, for example, those records could be manipulated. We don’t believe they are, but we have to be able to hold up to the standards of a criminal court … [the records] don’t meet the burden for a criminal investigation.”
He added, “We obviously can’t use redacted records, we have to have the whole record to show it wasn’t tampered with at all."
Guglielmi said that the fact that Smollett handed over the phone records are proof that he is willing to cooperate. He added, “He’s very much still considered a victim and the investigation continues.”
JUSSIE'S REP RELEASES A STATEMENT
Meanwhile, Jussie's reps has released a statement on Tuesday (February 12th), reiterating that the actor is the victim and is cooperating with authorities. The statement read, "Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the superintendent of police. Any redacted information was intended to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack.”
He added, “Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police. Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie’s account of what happened that night consistent and credible. Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim. We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie’s attackers and bring them to justice.”
Smollett told cops that he was attacked on January 29th in Chicago. During the attack, he was called "n*gger" and "f*ggot" and heard the words "MAGA country." Moore said he overheard those words being said during the phone call.
Source: Pulse of Radio