The entire situation involving Jussie Smollett's alleged attack is incredibly bizarre. We're inclined to believe what he's selling but for some reason, a vast number of people are casting doubt on what he says happened. Here's the run-down. During a late-night trip to Subway, the actor and singer was attacked by two men wearing all black as he left the restaurant. Smollett says that he was targeted in a hate crime for his race and sexual orientation. Apparently, the two men tied a noose around his neck and yelled "This is MAGA country" when they ran away. Initially, Jussie did not want to report the crime to the police but he reluctantly did and now, he's finally released his phone records to the authorities. However, they were rejected.
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According to TMZ, the Chicago Police Department has rejected the file that was sent by Jussie Smollett because it was reportedly redacted from its original form. The "Empire" star sent in a PDF file of his phone records two weeks after the alleged incident, which is apparently the cause for the police refusing to accept the document. The publication notes that a PDF can be manipulated easily, meaning that phone numbers can be erased or changed. It's unclear if Jussie's document was tampered with but regardless, this isn't a great look.
Smollett is currently being treated as the victim of a hate crime. So far, there is no video of the actual attack.