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Police receive redacted phone records from Jussie Smollett regarding reported attack

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Adrian Cunningham | 13 February, 2019, 01:56

The assault is being treated as a hate crime since the perpetrators allegedly called Smollett a "fa##ot" and a "ni##r" during the attack.

The statement said Smollett had a good reason for turning over what police called a redacted file.

"We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation".

A spokesman said the records he sent "are not sufficient and do not meet the burden of a criminal investigation".

Of the edits to the phone records, he has this to say: "Any redacted information was meant to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack".

Chicago police told TheBlaze there was "no mention of MAGA" in initial reports, but when detectives followed up with Smollett later on the day of the attack, he recalled the attackers making those comments, and detectives completed a supplemental report.

According to a police report, responding officers found the 36-year-old with a white rope hanging from his neck. The alleged encounter occurred at 2AM.

Police say they took the bottle for analysis.

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Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago a week before. They have yet to locate footage of the actual attack. The description of the "redneck" did not match Smollett's description of his attackers.

"We haven't seen anybody, at this point, matching the description he gave", Guglielmi added to the AP. They released video of two people in the area at the time who they said were persons of interest.

A neighbor of Smollett cast doubt on his story.

Moore said he overheard those remarks during the phone call and police want the phone records to corroborate the men's accounts of what happened. "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served".

A threatening letter and drawing to Smollett was sent to the Fox television studio in Chicago on January 22, police told ABC News, and it contained a powdery substance that investigators believe was likely crushed-up Tylenol.

A half-empty hot sauce bottle with a clear liquid in it was recently found near the scene of the alleged attack in Streeterville and sources also said it smelled like bleach.

An unidentified patron at Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub, a bar located in the same neighborhood as Smollett 's building, told the Post that the actor's claims are "a lie" because "Chicago is the most liberal city around".