The 911 call made in connection to Jussie Smollett‘s hate crime scandal has surfaced. The embattled actor, however, was not the one who called the police.
The former Empire star’s manager, Frank Gatson, has been identified as the voice behind the call that was made following the alleged attack.
Gatson made two 911 calls, according to the audio, with the first coming at 2:22 a.m. — approximately 20 minutes after the actor claimed he was attacked on an empty Chicago street.
“I work with an artist — I don’t really want to say his name — but he states that [redaction] he went to Subway he was walking by and some guys, somebody jumped him or something like that, and I just want to report it and make sure that he’s alright,” Gatson told the 911 operator in the first call, according to the recording.
When asked why Smollett was not the one to contact the police, himself, Gatson responded, “He was cool, he didn’t want me to call you guys.”
Once the operator stressed that Smollett is the only one who can file a police report of the alleged incident, Gatson was adamant that the actor would do so himself.
“I’m gonna make him make the report,” he replied before telling the dispatcher that Smollett did not need any medical attention.
“I just think he’s startled,” he added. “I’m scared and I don’t know what it is. They put a noose around his neck. They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f****d up to me — sorry for saying it like that.”
Sixteen minutes after the operator said she had alerted the police of the incident, Gatson called back to complain that the cops were yet to arrive.
“I reported I’ve been waiting on the police,” he said in the second call, at 2:38 a.m. “I thought they’d be here by now.”
The police showed up as he ended the call, which lasted a total of three minutes.
Both calls were obtained by The New York Post under a Freedom of Information Act request.
As previously reported, Smollett said in his report that he was attacked by two men who tied a noose around his neck and threw bleach on him while yelling, “This is MAGA country.” He was hit with speculation of doubt, however, when two Nigerian brothers told the police, weeks after, that the actor paid them to orchestrate the attack.
Smollett has since been arrested for filing a false police report. All charges made against him, however, were dropped in March. The City of Chicago is now suing the actor to the tune of $130,000 in overtime costs related to the investigation.