Jussie Smollett's representatives are denying claims that Smollett hasn't been cooperating fully with investigators.
A CPD spokesperson said yesterday that the phone records Smollett provided were "insufficient to corroborate some of the information.” Smollett and his team took offense at the idea that he wasn't giving the police everything that they needed to help find the people who attacked him last month.
"Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police. Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police," Smollett's reps said, according to Deadline. "Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie’s account of what happened that night consistent and credible. Superintendent Johnson has been clear from day one that Jussie is a victim. We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie’s attackers and bring them to justice."
While representatives admitted that some information may have been redacted on phone records provided by Smollett, they said that those numbers were not germane to the attack.
"Any redacted information was intended to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack," they said. "Chicago Police have not told us that they are rejecting any records, nor have they expressed concerns about the records to us. Therefore, we don’t feel compelled to be baited into responding to uncorroborated press reports."
"The most important thing that I can say is to keep it simple and say thank you and I’m okay," Smollett said. "I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to and I’m going to stand strong with you all. I had to be here tonight. I couldn’t let those motherf*ckers win."