Jussie Smollett: Police bodycam noose footage released

Oscar Cross
June 26, 2019

Police officers have released footage of Empire actor Jussie Smollett wearing a noose, after he claimed to be the victim of a hate crime.

The footage was filmed in the ex-Empire actor's Chicago home back in January at 8:45am local time, some seven hours after he was allegedly subjected to a racist and homophoic attack in a nearby street. But footage shows the officers walking into the apartment, where they encounter the actor wearing the rope, before one asked him, "Do you want to take it off or anything?".

CBS Chicago obtained the latter footage, which runs about two minutes and shows police entering Smollett's Chicago apartment.

"I just wanted you to see".

Shortly after, he asks the police to switch off their cameras.

While Smollett faces a possible second round of charges in the appointment of a new prosecutor, his career has also taken a hit due to the fallout from the investigation. "They poured bleach on me".

"The reason I am calling is because of this s**t", Smollett can be heard saying while another officer touches the rope looped around his neck.

Elsewhere in the newly released footage, Smollet's alleged attackers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, are shown being arrested immediately upon returning from Nigeria.

He tells the police: "I work with him".

He pleaded not guilty, and at the end of March, all the criminal charges against him were dropped.

In March the 37-year-old was charged with 16 felony accounts after the police said he falsely reported that two men attacked him and that he "orchestrated the publicity stunt".

In releasing the evidence, Chicago Police ‏said it supports the conduct of who investigated the incident.

Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested that the case had been mismanaged by Foxx, who later excused herself due to a potential conflict of interest or lack of impartiality, appointing a top aide to replace her. The Osundairo brothers also have a stockpile of weapons at their house.

The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the actor, seeking to recoup the more than $130,000 that was spent on the police investigation.

On Monday, Smollett's attorneys did not respond to a request for comment.

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