Chicago Police have released an audio recording of the 911 call made on behalf of Jussie Smollett back in late January.
The call was placed by Smollett’s manager, Frank Gatson … who reported that the Empire star had been the victim of a racist, homophobic assault after leaving a Subway restaurant in the Windy City.
This, of course, is what Smollett has alleged the very beginning of this crazy saga.
“I just need the police to come by. I work for an artist. I don’t really want to say his name,” Gatson tells a 911 dispatcher at 2:22 a.m., adding:
“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.”
A little odd, right?
Gatson doesn’t sound especially panicked in the call, but he does sound as if he’s relaying the story that Smollett has spelled out for him.
Gatson goes on to claim Smollett “was cool” and “didn’t want me to call you guys," only for the operator to say that Smollett had to report the alleged crime himself, not Gatson.
“He’s definitely gonna make the report. I’m gonna make him make the report,” Gatson says.
He proceeds to talk about the "attackers" and how "they put a noose around his neck" and says the entire situation is "really f-cked up."
Police had said the 911 call was made 40 minutes after Smollett got back to his Chicago apartment.
“I just think he’s startled. I’m scared and I don’t know what it is," Gatson adds in the video below.
"They put a noose around his neck. They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f-cked up to me. Sorry for saying it like that."
This is a major reason why Smollett’s description of what transpired on the street that night many months ago has never really added up.
He has alleged that he was beaten up by two white men who screamed about "MAGA Country" and who trashed him for being black and gay — and yet he had no wounds from the incident? A noose was simply placed gently around his neck?
He didn’t need to be rushed to the hospital?
Smollett was arrested several weeks after the supposed assault went down because police were convinced he falsified his official report.
He was then cleared of all charges in late March and, to the total shock of many observers, set free.
Many members of the Chicago police force, along with the city’a mayor, railed against this decision, however.
"This is a whitewash of justice," a visibly angry Rahm Emanuel told reporters after Smollett was released and cleared.
He then laid hard into Smollett for allegedly lying about being the victim of a hate crime:
"You have a person using hate crime laws that are on the books to protect people who are minorities from violence to then turn around and use those laws to advance your career and your financial reward.
"Is there no decency in this man?"
Smollett stands by his original story.
He maintains that he was attacked for his race and his sexuality and has thanked the supporters who have stood by him this whole time, which includes a handful of Empire cast members.
Does this mean Jussie may someday return to the Fox drama?