- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Jussie Smollett is disputing any suggestion that he is being less than cooperative with Chicago police detectives since the “Empire” actor says he was attacked in the city by two masked men.

A statement from Smollett Tuesday came after a police spokesman said that Smollett this week turned over some but not all of the phone records that detectives asked for and that the records he did provide were heavily redacted and insufficient for a criminal investigation.

But the representatives say the actor who had declined to turn over the records for more than two weeks after Smollett reported the Jan. 29 attack said that “Jussie is the victim here” and that he has provided records and given multiple statements to police. The statement says the redactions were made to protect “personal contacts or high -profile individuals” who have no connection to the attack.

Smollett has said he was walking in the downtown area when two men approached him, shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him, doused him with an unknown chemical before one of them looped a thin rope tied like a noose around his neck.

No arrests have been made.

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