Jussie Smollett Footage From Night Of Incident Released To The Public

Jussie Smollett Footage From Night Of Incident Released To The Public

Recently released police bodycam footage shows Jussie Smollett speaking to officers with a rope still around his neck after they arrived at his Chicago apartment after receiving calls that the Empire actor was attacked.

"Do you want to take it off or anything?", the police officer asks, referring to the noose.

"Yeah, I do, I just wanted you all to see it", Smollett replies as he begins to take off the rope.

The video cuts short because Smollett asked police to turn off their bodycams in order to preserve his privacy. They claim that Smollett orchestrated a fake assault involving two men, who have seen their charges dropped. The actor could face a fresh criminal prosecution for his role in the saga, depending upon the outcome of the investigation.

Smollett then says to the officers, "There's bleach on me..."

The department released footage that shows the two brothers, Abimbola "Abel" Osundairo and Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo, in a cab the night of the incident.

"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.

The footage dump comes days after a judge chose to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against Smollett, who was accused by Chicago P.D. of lying to authorities by claiming he was the victim of a hate crime attack in downtown Chicago.

Police say the two brothers were paid by Jussie Smollett to pose as the racist and homophobic attackers.

Smollett has maintained that he was an innocent victim and rejected any suggestion that he planned and carried out the racial attack on himself.

Both Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's police chief declared they were sure the actor was guilty.

He was indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false report in March.

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

The vast collection of evidence includes police reports, videos, and photos. That could open the door for Smollett to be charged again. Smollett's attorneys also face a lawsuit from the Osundairo brothers.

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