A source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com that the Empire actor and his manager refused to disclose their phone records to show they were on the phone when the attack took place.
Chief Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi confirmed the news, saying, "The victim and his manager reported that they were talking on their cell phones to each other, but CPD has been unable to independently verify this because they refused to turn over their cell phones."
Police also said in a statement that they are still investigating the incident but have not yet found surveillance footage of the reported attack. But police confirm they do have footage of a rope draped around Smollett's neck.
They have images of the two possible suspects walking in the Chicago neighborhood around 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 29, when Smollett said the crime occurred.
Radar readers know the Brazilian, openly-gay actor was hospitalized on Tuesday after two men wearing MAGA hats and ski masks allegedly battered him on the street, poured an unknown chemical substance on him and tied a rope around his neck.
Police are regarding the attack as a possible hate crime.
Despite Smollett’s injuries, an insider told Radar that his Los Angeles musical performance for this weekend is still scheduled to take place.
Stay with Radar for updates.
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