The Chicago Police Department has claimed that the records supplied to them by Jussie Smollett to prove he was on the phone with his manager when he was attacked are heavily redacted and insufficient as evidence of the call.
In the latest development in a series of back-and-forths between the Empire star and the authorities, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Smollett, 36, had not given enough proof that he was talking to Brandon Z. Moore when he was jumped on January 29.
‘We continue to investigate but the records are insufficient to corroborate some of the information. We appreciate the cooperation but will be following up for some additional data,’ Guglielmi.
TMZ reports that Smollett gave a redacted, PDF print-out of a bill but police would not confirm that detail. They also would not confirm whether or not they planned to ask the cell phone company for the records they say he is withholding.
It comes a day after Smollett’s representative hit out at the department for revealing that he had not, until yesterday morning, handed over any phone records to support his story.
By Damilola Faustino