Days after a judge in Illinois appointed a special prosecutor to re-investigate the Jussie Smollett case, Chicago Police Department have released bodycam footage of the actor with a rope around his neck immediately after his alleged attack in January.
The video is among the hundreds of files made available Monday ahead of the fresh investigation into the case.
The files include surveillance footage collected by police and footage of the Nigerian brothers who say they were paid to orchestrate the attack on the 29th of January, 2019. As ABC7 and CBS Chicago report, nearly 70 hours of video were released, including footage of Smollett in his downtown apartment wearing a white sweater and a rope that looks like a noose.
The video was captured as police entered Smollett’s downtown apartment, and the actor is seen in a red and white sweater with the rope around his neck. He told investigators he kept the rope there to show them evidence of a racially motivated attack.
He told the officers that he “wanted you all to see it” before removing the ropes, and after discussing the alleged attack, Smollett realizes he was being filmed and then told the officers to turn off their cameras.
According to news.avclub, the City of Chicago is currently trying to sue Smollett for the $130,000 of overtime pay that came from the initial investigation of the alleged attack, and the new investigation ordered by the judge opens the door for new charges to potentially be filed against Smollett.
Watch the video below.