| June 24, 2019 06:39 PM
Chicago police released video of actor Jussie Smollett wearing a noose he claimed was put on his neck during a hate crime.
The video released Monday shows Smollett standing in his apartment with the rope around his neck as police approach him. He asks the police if they are filming the event and then tells them to turn off their cameras.
Smollett’s creative manager, who called the police, said that they do not want to make a big deal of the event.
“He doesn’t want this to be a big deal, you understand what I’m saying?” his manager said.
The release of the video comes as police claim that Smollett staged the hate crime. Smollett was originally charged with 16 felony accounts of lying to police. Prosecutors later dropped the charges, which led to a judge approving last week an investigation by a special prosecutor into the decision by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.