Jussie Smollett’s disaster supervisor defended the “Empire” actor on Tuesday, saying police have discovered his account of an alleged assault and doable hate crime to be “constant and credible” — after detectives stated redacted telephone information meant to corroborate his story had been “inadequate.”
Smollett, who’s black and brazenly homosexual, instructed police that whereas strolling house to his residence earlier this month, he was accosted by two males who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him. He stated the 2 males beat him and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him.
In keeping with a police report, responding officers discovered the 36-year-old with a white rope hanging from his neck.
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Smollett initially instructed police that in the course of the assault he was on the telephone along with his supervisor, and his supervisor claims to have heard a part of the assault – making him the one recognized witness.
Smollett’s disaster supervisor, Chris Bastardi, instructed Fox Information: “Jussie is the sufferer right here, which has been acknowledged by the Superintendent of Police. Jussie has voluntarily supplied his telephone information from inside an hour of the assault and given a number of statements to police. Chicago PD has repeatedly knowledgeable us that they discover Jussie’s account of what occurred that evening constant and credible. Superintendent Johnson has been clear from Day 1 that Jussie is a sufferer.
Smollett didn’t initially submit his telephone information to investigators when requested however later submitted a redacted model that detectives have judged to be “inadequate.”
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Bastardi instructed Fox Information that any redacted info was “meant to guard the privateness of private contacts or high-profile people not related to the assault.”
“We’re persevering with to work carefully with the Chicago PD and stay assured that they may discover Jussie’s attackers and convey them to justice,” he continued.
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A neighbor claimed to have seen a “redneck” with a rope however Chicago police had been unable to seek out video surveillance from the realm to assist this. The outline of the “redneck” didn’t match Smollett’s description of his attackers.
Fox Information’ Tyler McCarthy contributed to this report.