"We need something a little more concrete and direct if we're going to be able to say for a fact the conversation occurred", Chicago police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told the outlet, in response to records that Smollett had provided 13 days after his alleged attack and in reference to a conversation the actor said he had with his manager during the alleged attack.
On Jan. 9, while walking to a subway, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor after he exited the restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter.
Smollett has now reportedly released a heavily redacted record of his calls to police however, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the records "are not sufficient and do not meet the burden of a criminal investigation", according to the Chicago Tribune.
Near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews, The Post found an empty hot-sauce bottle that was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.
On Monday, a spokesperson for Smollett told the New York Post in an email that phone records from Smollett's manager, Brandon Z, "were sent to police on February 5 and Jussie's records were sent over this morning". "Detectives may be following up with him to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline".
Just yesterday, we reported an unidentified person who was a patron at an Irish bar a block from the scene of the alleged attack, said: "It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around". First, a police spokesperson said there was no footage of the assailants. "They have cameras everywhere". They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck.
A threatening letter and drawing to Smollett was sent to the Fox television studio in Chicago on January 22, police told ABC News, and it contained a powdery substance that investigators believe was likely crushed-up Tylenol.
It all comes on the heels of reports that police were seeking "people of interest" after the "On Our Own" star told authorities he was attacked by masked men near his home in Chicago last month. His manager has said that he could hear the attack over the phone and was able to hear the phrase "MAGA country" - the acronym for President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan. The cutout letters read, "You will die black f**".