"We need something a little more concrete and direct if we're going to be able to say for a fact the conversation occurred", Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told the outlet, in response to records that Smollett had provided 13 days after his alleged attack and in reference to a conversation the actor said he had with his manager during the alleged attack.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that police are still treating Smollett as the victim of a crime, but he will be held accountable if he's found to have made a false police report, journalist Rafer Weigel tweeted earlier this month.
Smollett's spokesperson told The Post that he "is the victim here" and "Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible", the statement read.
The Post alerted police, who seized the bottle. "Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline". Then, hours later, there were two "persons of interest" on video.
Smollett, who plays openly gay Jamal Lyon on Empire, was just back in the Windy City where the Fox drama is filmed on January 29 when around 2 AM that morning two men began screaming derogatory slurs at him on the street near where he lives. "They have cameras everywhere".
According to multiple reports, Smollett had refused to turn over his phone to officers after telling officers he was speaking with his manager at the time of the ambush. "Why can't they find the attack". "They proceed to assault him, and they throw a chemical on him that may have been bleach, and put a rope around neck".
A statement from Smollett Tuesday came after a police spokesman said that Smollett this week turned over some but not all of the phone records that detectives asked for and that the records he did provide were heavily redacted and insufficient for a criminal investigation.
Investigators have pored over surveillance footage from the neighborhood, but have yet to recover any images of the reported attack - which became national news in a matter of hours and spurred Congressman Bobby Rush to write to the director of the FBI to ask him to open a hate crime investigation.
Hopefully, the Chicago Police Department is taking this case with the seriousness it deserves.