Almost two weeks since he reported being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in Streeterville, "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett turned over "limited and redacted" phone records to Chicago Police.
Guglielmi told the Post that after police seized the bottle it was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis; the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment.
Potential new evidence has been found amid the investigation into the possible racially charged assault and battery against "Empire" cast member Jussie Smollett.
Just yesterday, we reported an unidentified person who was a patron at an Irish bar a block from the scene of the alleged attack, said: "It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around". They released video of two people in the area at the time who they said were persons of interest.
The Chicago Police Department also said Monday afternoon that the 36-year-old actor submitted his phone records but it was "limited and redacted" from within an hour of the alleged incident.
"We have no reason to doubt the statements but for a criminal investigation we need to independently confirm the phone records", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Smollett had told police that the attackers - who wore "Make America Great Again" hats and screamed "This is MAGA country!" - had poured an unknown bleach-smelling liquid on him and put a noose around his neck after they yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him at 2 a.m. on January 29.
"I've been in this neighborhood five years".
Rob Elgas of WLS-TV in Chicago reported that "when Smollett contacted police at 2:42AM, he was still wearing the rope around his neck". "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served". Smollett has already agreed to surrender his phone records and is in the process of gathering them, according to TMZ. "They have cameras everywhere".
Smollett's spokesperson told The Post that he "is the victim here" and "Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible", the statement read.
Muhammad reportedly lives in the same high-rise as Smollett.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters that if police suspect Smollett's story is a hoax, he will be held accountable.