911 calls from Jussie Smollett 'attack' released
The 'Empire' star's friend, said to be the actor's manager, was said to have made two calls to the emergency services to report the alleged attack.
LONDON - Audio from two 911 calls made by Jussie Smollett's friend on the night of his alleged attack have been released, in which he claimed the Empire star had a noose put around his neck.
The friend, said to be the actor's manager, was said to have made two calls to the emergency services to report the alleged attack, in which he didn't reveal the star's name and said the actor "didn't want me to call you guys".
In one of the calls, which were obtained by The New York Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, he said: "I work with an artist - I don't really want to say his name - but he states that he went to Subway he was walking by and some guys, somebody jumped him or something like that, and I just want to report it and make sure that he's alright."
Asked why Smollet didn't call himself, he replied: "He was cool, he didn't want me to call you guys. He's definitely gonna make the report. I'm gonna make him make the report. I just think he's startled. I'm scared and I don't know what it is - they put a noose around his neck. They didn't do anything with it but put it around his neck. That's pretty f##ked up to me - sorry for saying it like that."
Afterwards, he called back to find out where the police were.
He said: "I reported, I've been waiting on the police. I thought they'd be here by now."
Smollet previously claimed he was jumped by two men during the alleged attack in Chicago in January, but two brothers then alleged he had paid them to stage an attack.
He was told in March he wouldn't be charged over allegations he orchestrated a racist and homophobic attack on himself.
Furthermore, Smollet was said to have been working on a plea deal over allegations he staged the hate attack, one month before charges were dropped.
According to a 460-page document released last week - which detailed the timeline of how detectives handled Smollet's case - prosecutors told Chicago police detectives, just days after Smollet's arrest, that he would be let off the alleged crimes with a $10,000 fine and an undefined amount of time in community service.
However, the documents showed there was no mention of dropping the charges against the actor, and detectives only discovered they "could no longer investigate the crime" when Smollet was indicted on disorderly conduct charges on 28 February, a month after his initial claims were made.