Video recorded on a police bodycam from the night Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked has been released.
The ex-Empire actor says he was punched in the face, had an “unknown chemical substance” poured on him and a rope wrapped around his neck in a racist and homophobic attack in January.
But Chicago Police say he staged the whole thing.
They’ve released footage from the night where Smollett appears to have the rope still around his neck.
The footage shows two police officers going to Smollett’s apartment building in Chicago at around 8:43 in the morning – almost seven hours after the alleged attack.
They are met by Frank Gatson, who introduces himself as Jussie Smollett’s “creative director”.
He tells the police: “I work with him. He is like a star, works on the show Empire. So I think he doesn’t want it to be a big deal.”
He adds that he’s emotional because the attackers put a makeshift noose around Jussie Smollett’s neck.
Once the police get into the apartment, they see Smollett with a thin white rope around his neck.
One officer says: “Do you want to take it off or anything?”
Smollett replies: “Yeah I do, I just wanted you to see it.”
He takes it off and adds: “There’s bleach on me. They poured bleach on me.”
Shortly after, they ask the police to switch off their cameras.
The footage is part of hundreds of files released by Chicago Police from their investigation into the case.
Another video appears to show Abel and Ola Osundairo – who are accused of helping to stage the alleged attack – in a cab on the night the police were called.
Police say the two brothers were paid by Jussie Smollett to pose as the racist and homophobic attackers.
They were arrested two weeks later and started cooperating with the police. They say they helped stage the attack.