Almost 70 hours of footage related to Jussie Smollett's alleged hoax hate crime investigation was released on Monday (June 24) by the Chicago PD. Most notably, the previously released footage includes video of the Empire actor with a noose around his neck.
As per CBS 2, the video was captured as police arrived at Smottlett's downtown apartment, where he was discovered in a red and white sweater with the rope around his neck. Upon his discovery, he told investigators he kept the rope around his neck to show evidence of the racially motivated attack. Soon after, the actor removes the noose, reveals that there’s bleach on him and asks the police to turn off the body camera. CBS 2's Charlie DeMar, Megan Hickey and a team of producers are currently reviewing footage and said to be providing updates.
Meanwhile, another video shows the Osundairo brothers, who were reportedly paid by the actor to stage the attack, in a taxi before arriving at the scene of the crime. In the clip, they are seen wearing hoodies, with one of them donning a ski mask, as they exit the vehicle a few blocks from the actor’s apartment at 1:22 AM. Smollett's attack reportedly occurred around 2:00 AM.
Footage of the incident comes at a fitting time since a special prosecutor has been appointed Smollett's case to review the way prosecutors handled it and its dismissal. "If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest of justice the special prosecutor may take such action," a judge said on Friday. Word of the new order is surprising since the Office of State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped all charges against Smollett after the grand jury indicted the actor on 16 felony counts for lying to authorities. Foxx has responded to the new order in a statement, saying, "I respectfully disagree with the court's conclusion that, in the absence of any conflict, the appointment of a special prosecutor is required. As always, I remain committed to transparency, justice, and the public safety of the communities we serve."
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