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On Wednesday, a recording of Jussie Smollett’s 911 call to the Chicago police was released.

The 911 recording depicted Smollett allegedly being the victim of a racially motivated attack by two males shouting “This is MAGA country,” while tying a rope around his neck and pouring bleach on him.

Smollett did not want to make the call, he instead had a close friend call the police according to CBS Chicago. The caller told the dispatcher he worked for Smollett and the “Empire” actor did not want to file a report.

“I just need the police to come by. I work for an artist. I don’t really want to say his name. He states he went to Subway …and two guys – somebody jumped him or something like that. I just want to report it and make sure he’s alright. I just think he’s startled… They put a noose around his neck. They didn’t do anything with it, but it’s around his neck. That’s really f**ked up.”


A second friend called in to report the incident that we now know was a hoax.

“I’m waiting on the police,” the second caller told the dispatcher. “The person I work for – he was jumped on the street, and I just want to report it. I thought they [the police] would be here by now.”

Every name from the recording was redacted before they were released to the general public.

Last week recent documents were released stating that charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped weeks before the public knew. The recent document stated the following:

  • The Cook County State’s Attorney’s prosecutors specifically told the Chicago Police to end any and all criminal investigations into Smollett’s hate crime hoax according to the newly released documents.
  • In the new documents, prosecutors also told Chicago that there was a possible deal with the Empire actor in the works.
  • Another recent report showed detectives were led to believe Cook County prosecutors were working on a deal with Smollett that could have included a $10,000 fine and community service. However, the detectives then failed to share this information with others — including their superiors.


In January, Smollett claimed he was attacked by two men near his home. He claimed the men shouted racial slurs at him, tied a rope around his neck, and poured bleach on him. Chicago Police opened up a hate crime investigation, but later charged him with filing a false police report.

In March the “Empire” star’s case was dropped with no explanation as to why he would not be charged with 16 counts. Days later Kim Foxx, the Cook County state’s attorney recused herself from the case, but text messages released from her office proved she was still weighing in on the case. In the text messages, she texted staffers that Smollett was being “treated unfairly and harshly.” Foxx has been asked to testify in open court but has not agreed to do so.

Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa

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