Footage of Jussie Smollett with a NOOSE around his neck on the night of the staged hate attack has been released by the Chicago Police
Cops release footage of Jussie Smollett with a NOOSE around his neck on the night of the 'staged hate attack': Empire actor tells officers he kept the rope on until they arrived at his apartment to 'prove' he was 'assaulted'
Chicago Police released 69 hours of video related to Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crime case on Monday
The trove of never-before-seen footage includes police bodycam video of officers finding Smollett with a noose around his neck
In that clip he says that he kept the noose on because he wanted police 'to see it'
Another shows the Osundairo brothers in a taxi on their way to meet Smollett on the night of the attack wearing hooded jackets and a ski mask at 1.22am
A third clip shows the Osundairo brothers running on South Water Street at 2.01am, a minute after the alleged attack
A fourth video shows cops arresting the Osundairo brothers on February 14
The Empire actor had claimed that he was attacked by two men who launched racial and homophobic slurs at him and threw a noose on him on January 29
In a text sent on January 29 at 5pm - the day of the attack - Abel texted Smollett saying: 'Bruh say it ain't true. I'm praying for speedy recovery. Sh*t is wild'
Police later determined that he staged the attack and charged him with filing a false police report
Those charges were subsequently dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, sparking outrage and launching an investigation into her decision
The release of the tapes comes days after a judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor to look into the Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx work in the case
Where the Jussie Smollett case stands now
Jussie Smollett faced 16 felony disorderly conduct charges after a grand jury concluded he staged the racist, homophobic attack on January 29.
In March Cook County prosecutor Kim Foxx dropped all charges and Smollett was let free after a $10,000 bail payment and 16 hours of community service.
Judge Michael Toomin decided on Friday June 21 that a special prosecutor will be appointed to look into prosecutor Kim Foxx's handling of the case and if necessary charges may be brought against the Empire actor again.
Kim Foxx has been accused of misconduct as it has emerged that she exchanged text messages with members of his family and representatives for them in the early stages of the investigation.
Since Foxx dropped the charges, there have been multiple efforts to have the case looked over.
In his 21-page decision on Friday, Judge Toomin said: 'If reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Smollett, in the interest of justice the special prosecutor may take such action.
'The unprecedented irregularities identified in this case warrants the appointment of independent counsel to restore the public’s confidence in the integrity of our criminal justice system.
'There was no master on the bridge to guide the ship as it floundered through unchartered waters.
And it ultimately lost its bearings,' he said.
Foxx, who maintains she did nothing wrong, 'recused' herself from the case in February but instead of completely stepping back, she gave it to her immediate assistant and then coached him on what to do.
In a statement, she hit out against the decision on Friday afternoon.
'I respectfully disagree with the court's conclusion that, in the absence of any conflict, the appointment of a special prosecutor is required.
'As always, I remain committed to transparency, justice, and the public safety of the communities we serve,' she said.
In his ruling, Toomin said he had no problem with Foxx's recusal, but that she had no right to select someone from her office to handle the prosecution, saying what she did amounted to naming her own special prosecutor.