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.
"It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around", a customer from an Irish Pub near the scene of the crime said, adding it "doesn't really make sense".
A spokesperson for Chicago police added that the department was "appreciative" Smollett chose to cooperate with the investigation, but they'll likely be asking him for more phone records in order to properly review the case.
Chicago police told TheBlaze there was "no mention of MAGA" in initial reports, but when detectives followed up with Smollett later on the day of the attack, he recalled the attackers making those comments, and detectives completed a supplemental report. The CPD also said in a statement, "We are very appreciative of the victims cooperation however the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted".
He later submitted the redacted phone records that detectives have judged to be "insufficient".
Guglielmi told the outlet, at the time of publication, he could not confirm if detectives had yet told Smollett the current records they provided were insufficient.
This totally contradicts the one neighbor who says that she saw a suspicious individual around the building where she and Smollett reside about 90 minutes before the alleged attack. Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police.
The Chicago Police Department claims they previously asked Smollett for his phone in an effort to corroborate certain details from his accounting of the incident, which includes him being on the phone with his talent manager, Brandon Z. Moore, when the attack occurred.
"I've been in this neighborhood five years". 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.
A threatening letter and drawing to Smollett was sent to the Fox television studio in Chicago on January 22, police told ABC News, and it contained a powdery substance that investigators believe was likely crushed-up Tylenol.
Near the foot of a stairwell to the Loews, The Post found an empty hot-sauce bottle that was partially filled with a clear liquid that smelled like bleach.