Jussie Smollett‘s submitted critical phone records to Chicago police, but those records have been rejected because they’re not the real deal.
Law enforcement sources tell us … what Jussie turned in 2 weeks after his alleged attack was a heavily redacted PDF file of his phone bill. Our sources say a PDF is subject to manipulation, meaning numbers can be added or deleted, although police are quick to point out there’s no evidence they were in fact manipulated. The problem … the only solid, irrefutable evidence is either the actual phone bill or a download of Jussie’s phone.
As we reported, Jussie says he was on the phone with his manager at the time of the attack and the manager says he heard the racial and homophobic epithets. Chicago PD wants the phone records to authenticate a call was made. They asked Jussie for the records 2 weeks ago and received the PDF Monday.
Police say there are cameras everywhere in the area of Jussie’s building, but there is still a 60-second gap in the video where you don’t see the “Empire” star. So far there’s no video of the attack.
Our sources say police have also retrieved security video from nearby stores to see if anybody bought rope around the time of the incident. Police are reviewing the video.
Police say Jussie remains cooperative and they are treating him as the victim of a hate crime.
As you know, Jussie says his attackers tied a rope around his neck … police say there’s video of Jussie with a rope around his neck in the lobby. They are not saying if the rope is around his neck outside the building because they say that would interfere with the investigation.