This is the rope Jussie Smollett says his “attackers” wrapped around his neck on a cold Chicago night.
Prosecutors just released a slew of evidence from its investigation that led to 16 criminal charges against the former “Empire” star and then an abrupt dismissal of all charges.
TMZ broke the story … Jussie claimed he was attacked by 2 men near his Chicago apartment in the dead of winter. He said they put a rope around his neck and then poured bleach on him and then left, screaming, “This is MAGA country!”
According to a receipt from the Crafty Beaver Home Center, the rope cost $2.99 and was presumably purchased by the Osundairo brothers. Everyone seems to agree, the brothers are the ones involved in the incident. They say it was staged at Jussie’s behest … Jussie says it was real.
There’s no video of the actual incident, but there is a surveillance cam in Jussie’s apartment lobby that captured him with a rope around his neck. When cops arrived to interview him more than 40 minutes after the attack the rope was still entwined on his neck.