CHICAGO — The Chicago Police Department has released hundreds of documents relating to the Jussie Smollett case.
Police said the files include 460-plus pages of case reports, arrest files and supplementary files:
The reports provide a more detailed picture of the extensive investigation into Smollett’s claim that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Streeterville in January.
Chicago police said Smollett paid two brothers to stage the attack in pursuit of publicity and a higher salary. Smollett has denied the allegations against him.
A team of detectives worked to piece together surveillance video, physical evidence, ridesharing records and interviews. The police reports noted some inconsistencies.
“Victim had originally stated he was able to see the area between the eyes and the offender was white. Victim now stated that he ‘assumed they were white due to the comments that were made.’”
According to the reports, when police showed Smollett pictures of the two men in custody he told detectives, “It can’t be them. ‘They are black as sin.’ We don’t have any issues…They did not owe me any money. I don’t owe them any money. We have a good relationship.”