But, Police say smollett will be held accountable if the investigation reveals he filed a false report.
However, the Chicago Police Department is not sure if the bottle is "related" to the attack. Initially, Jussie did not want to report the crime to the police but he reluctantly did and now, he's finally released his phone records to the authorities.
The assault is being treated as a hate crime since the perpetrators allegedly called Smollett a "fa##ot" and a "ni##r" during the attack.
Of the edits to the phone records, he has this to say: "Any redacted information was meant to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack".
Cops have said they found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the incident. Jussie has voluntarily provided his phone records from within an hour of the attack and given multiple statements to police.
As for the phone records, Guglielmi said, "We are very appreciative of the victim's cooperation, however, the records provided do not meet the burden for a criminal investigation as they were limited and heavily redacted".
Police are seeking two men who beat up the actor on January 29th, tied a noose around his neck and poured a bleach-like substance all over him.
"I've been in this neighborhood five years".
Further lending credence to Smollett's claims, police have confirmed to the outlet that surveillance footage from Smollett's building shows the actor walking around with rope around his neck.
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. Smollett has already agreed to surrender his phone records and is in the process of gathering them, according to TMZ.
"I don't believe it happened the way he said it did", Agin Muhammad, who lives in the same apartment complex as the actor, told the Post. I don't believe it, not around here ... "They have cameras everywhere".
Another anonymous individual, who says he's a regular at a nearby bar says, "It's a lie, because Chicago is the most liberal city around".
The New York Post has dispatched several reporters to Chicago to retrace Smollett's steps in the minutes before the alleged attack.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said this evidence was insufficient, and they will need more information.