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Jussie Smollett gives incomplete phone records to cops

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Herman Weaver | 13 February, 2019, 08:40

"It's unclear if that is related to the incident as it was not discovered during any of the earlier canvasses but we took it for analysis", Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Two weeks after police launched an investigation into the racially-charged attack on Jussie Smollett, the actor has finally provided his phone records to the Chicago Police Department.

"Any redacted information was meant to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack", Smollett's Sunshine Sachs released statement today noted in direct response to the use of the loaded term "insufficient".

We recently reported, Smollett was allegedly attacked by two MAGA hat wearing suspects who poured bleach on the singer and wrapped a noose around his neck.

The AP added that Chicago has one of the nation's most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses, and in train tunnels - and that police said such cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests.

But Agin Muhammad, who says he lives in the same building as Smollett, told the New York Post that he doubts the attack happened as reported.

According to police, a PDF is subject to manipulation, but they are not saying they have any evidence that Smollett manipulated his phone records - detectives have now asked Smollett to submit his actual phone bill or a download of his entire phone. Smollett has already agreed to surrender his phone records and is in the process of gathering them, according to TMZ.

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Guglielmi told the Post that after police seized the bottle it was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis; the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.

On Tuesday, in a statement, Smollett's representatives dismissed any suggestion that the actor isn't cooperating fully and said that some information was redacted to protect the privacy of others.

Smollett released a statement on February 1 addressing the attack.

Just yesterday, we reported an unidentified person who was a patron at an Irish bar a block from the scene of the alleged attack, said: "It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around. Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible".

"Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim".

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.

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