Chicago police release footage from night Jussie Smollett reported attack (Video)

Chicago police have released body-camera footage of Jussie Smollett meeting with officers with a noose around his neck on the night he reported a racist and homophobic attack.

In the video obtained by Chicago’s ABC7, uniformed officers are brought up to Smollett’s apartment, on the January night of the incident, by the actor’s manager. They briefly speak before Smollett asks them to turn off their body cameras. You can watch the video above.

The clip is among more than 70 hours of footage connected to the investigation released by police on Monday.

Though Smollett’s face is blurred in the clip, it shows the actor with a noose around his neck, explaining that his attackers placed it there. The officers ask him if he’d like to remove it and he does, then says he doesn’t want to be recorded.

But police soon called Smollett’s account into question. Following an investigation, the “Empire” star was charged on 16 counts after prosecutors said Smollett himself paid two men to stage the attack.

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Protestors organized by the Fraternal Order of Police call for the removal of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Supporters of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx (L) argue with protestors during a demonstration organized by the Fraternal Order of Police to call for Foxx's removal on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Supporters of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx argue with protestors during a demonstration organized by the Fraternal Order of Police to call for Foxx's removal on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - APRIL 01: Police stand guard as supporters of Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx argue with protestors during a demonstration organized by the Fraternal Order of Police to call for Foxx's removal on April 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Foxx has been under fire after her office worked out a deal to drop felony charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Smollett has consistently denied the allegations, and all the charges were later dropped.

Late last week, a Cook County judge ruled that a special prosecutor be appointed to look into State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the investigation.

Read original story Chicago Police Release Footage From Night Jussie Smollett Reported Attack (Video) At TheWrap

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