New Footage Shows That Jussie Smollett Opened the Door to Cops With a Rope Around His Neck

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Chicago police have released a ton of evidence—including 70 hours of video—related to the newly invigorated case against Jussie Smollett, who may once again face charges for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself in January. Among the revelations of that footage is that Smollett apparently had a rope coiled around his neck when police showed up to his apartment, around 40 minutes after he initially reported the attack.

Police body cam footage shows officers arriving to Smollett’s apartment, where they were greeted by his manager. From ABC7:

“He doesn’t want this to be a big deal, you understand what I’m saying,” Smollett’s manager tells officers on the video. “The thing that makes me emotional is they put this makeshift loop, what do you call that thing, a noose around his (expletive) neck. I’m sorry, you know. And that is what bothers me, the cut thing doesn’t bother me at all. If that makes any sense.”

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Once inside the apartment, the video shows Smollett standing with the rope around his neck. One of the officers asks if Smollett would like to take it off, to which Smollett replies, “Yeah I do. I just wanted you to see. There’s bleach on me. They poured bleach on me.” At that point, Smollett requests that the police turn their body cams off.

The footage also depicts the Osundairo brothers, who allegedly helped stage the attack. Police said the two took a cab to a pre-determined site:

In video from the car, the brothers are disguised in what look to be hazmat suits, which one tightens around his face. They climb out of the taxi and surveillance video shows them walking down the street to carry out the allegedly staged attack.

Last week, a judge ordered a special prosecutor to look into the case again, saying that it was full of “unprecedented irregularities.” Depending on the outcome of the investigation, Smollett may be charged anew.

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thehatewatcher
The Hate Watcher

He kept the rope around his neck because he “just wanted you to see”. I had to stop working and let that sink in for a couple of minutes. This is biblical levels of stupidity in action. How much did your parents pay for drama school for you to come out with this bullshit. For all you know people just tried to ‘lynch’ you and you keep the rope around your neck?? Look i’m black and I know for a fact that shit is not staying on me. You know what scratch that I feel like anyone from anywhere who has a noose tied around their neck is taking it off at their earliest convenience. Keep it as evidence sure but why in the sainted fuck are you wearing it??! Don’t care if he gets prosecuted at this point because fuck him and double fuck Chicago police (where is this energy when your officers are literally covering up murder?). I just want this to all end.