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Police Release Video in Jussie Smollett Case

Body cam footage shows actor with rope around neck
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 25, 2019 1:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Police in Chicago have released more than 70 hours of video relating to the bizarre Jussie Smollett case—including body camera footage from officers responding to the hate crime the actor allegedly staged. In footage from his home, Smollett can be seen with a white rope around his neck, NBC News reports. He tells officers that his attackers put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him. He then removes the rope and asks the officers to turn off their cameras.

Other videos show the movements of Smollett and brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo before the alleged attack, as well as the arrest of the brothers after they returned from a trip to Nigeria, reports CBS Chicago. They told police Smollett paid them to stage the attack. (Charges against Smollett were eventually dropped, but a judge ordered a special prosecutor to investigate "unprecedented irregularities" in how the case was handled.)

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