Chicago police release new video of Jussie Smollett
The Chicago Police Department has released new video of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett related to an alleged hate crime incident.
The video appears to show Smollett walking to an elevator and throwing something into a trash can before leaving the building. What appears to be a white rope could be seen around his neck.
Police say that this video is from just prior to when Smollett alleges the attack occurred.
But Smollett’s attorney says that a rope is not around Smollett’s neck and that he was not throwing anything out in the trash, but looking in the mirror to examine his injuries.
Smollett alleges that he was the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime attack in January.
But Chicago police say that Smollett staged the attack. Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts, but prosecutors unexpectedly dropped all charges.
According to prosecutors, Smollett forfeited his $10,000 bail money and completed community service.