Jussie Smollett's friend claimed his alleged attackers "put a noose around his neck" in a newly-released 911 call.
The 'Empire' star's pal, said to be the actor's manager, is said to have made two calls to the emergency services to report the alleged attack, in which he doesn't reveal the star's name and says the actor "didn't want me to call you guys".
In one of the calls, which were obtained by The New York Post under a Freedom of Information Act request, he said: "I work with an artist - I don't really want to say his name - but he states that 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."
Asked why Jussie didn't call himself, he replied: "He was cool, he didn't want me to call you guys.
"He's definitely gonna make the report. I'm gonna make him make the report.