Guglielmi told the Post that after police seized the bottle it was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for analysis; the Federal Bureau of Investigation declined to comment. Police are continuing to investigate the alleged attack and have released surveillance images of two unidentified men who are persons of interest in the case.
Smollett also told detectives that before they ran off, the attackers yelled "This is MAGA country, " a reference to the "Make America Great Again" slogan President Donald Trump uses.
Guglielmi added to the station that the redactions in the PDF file from Smollett are "extreme" but do include the hour before the alleged attack.
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Citing anonymous sources, HuffPost reported that the alleged mistreatment scared off candidates to manage her presidential bid. To me, it showed a strength and a grit and a visual that stood her up against Trump right there and set her apart".
But while Smollett had a change of heart and gave police redacted phone records, the department said they are insufficient. A source close to the actor told TMZ that that was never the case, however, and that Smollett said that he felt "uncomfortable" surrendering his phone when police "informally asked", but that they never brought up phone records.
We're inclined to believe what he's selling but for some reason, a vast number of people are casting doubt on what he says happened.
"I've been in this neighborhood five years".
Smollett is back in Chicago to work on the show. "They were limited and redacted but detectives will analyze them". "Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served".
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It was not immediately clear how many guests and staff were inside the hotel, which had 43 guest rooms, according to its website. Mandeep Singh Randhawa, deputy police commissioner, said authorities are still investigating what sparked the fire.
A spokesperson for Chicago police added that the department was "appreciative" Smollett chose to cooperate with the investigation, but they'll likely be asking him for more phone records in order to properly review the case.
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. "They have cameras everywhere".
A patron at Lizzie McNeill's Irish Pub, about a block from the scene of the alleged January 29 incident, said Smollett's story "doesn't really make sense".
Muhammad reportedly lives in the same high-rise as Smollett.
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Chicago police have not been able to identify any legitimate suspects in the case, nor have they been able to find any surveillance footage of the attack.