Chicago police released 70 hours of video from the Jussie Smollet investigation, including video of officers speaking with the “Empire” star with a rope still tied around his neck.
The video, which was blurred by police, shows his manager leading the officers into the elevator and up to Smollett’s apartment. Once inside, Smollett can be seen in a sweater with the rope still tied around his neck.
Smollett asked the officers to stop recording video once be realized they were wearing body cameras.
Earlier this month, police released the 911 call made by the manager, was initially hesitant to tell police who the alleged victim was but did point out the person was famous.
“I just need the police to come by, I work for an artist, I don’t really want to say his name,” the caller said.
The caller told the dispatcher that that victim was returning from Subway when “somebody jumped him or something like that.”
During the call, the unidentified person told dispatchers, “I just think he’s startled … They put a noose around his neck … They didn’t do anything with it, but it’s around his neck. That’s really f**ked up. Sorry for saying it like that.”
Last week, a Cook County judge ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor in the Smollett case, which could lead to new charges against him.
Judge Michael Toomin ruled that when State’s Attorney Kim Foxx recused herself from the case, she did not have the authority to appoint her replacement.
The special prosecutor may further prosecute Smollett and the judge said that if they have “reasonable grounds to believe that any other criminal offense was committed … special prosecutor may commence the prosecution of any crime as may be suspected.”
The judge’s ruling stated that the special prosecutor was to be appointed so as to “restore the public’s confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system.”
At the time, Foxx said she recused herself after she had conversations with a relative of Smollett’s before he was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly faking the attack against himself.
First Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Magats took over the case and prosecutors ended up dropping all charges against Smollett after the “Empire” star. He performed 16 hours of community service and agreed to forfeit his $10,000 bail but did not admit any guilt in the alleged incident.
It was later revealed that two weeks before the charges were dropped, Foxx texted her staff and called Smollett a “washed-up celeb who lied to cops.” She also told them he was being charged too harshly.
Critics have said that if Foxx truly recused herself of the case, it would have been handed over to a state’s attorney from a different county.