Jussie Smollett attack: Police release photos of 'persons of interest'

01 February, 2019, 00:02 | Author: Courtney Perry
  • Kandi Burruss And Porsha Williams Are Sending Prayers To Jussie Smollet The Actor Who Reportedly Got Attacked In A Homophobic Assault

Jussie Smollett has been hospitalised after he was reportedly injured by two men in what looks like a homophobic attack.

Police in Chicago located a surveillance camera Wednesday that shows "potential persons of interest" who are wanted for questioning in the alleged assault of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

The actor was allegedly attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning and will travel to Los Angeles to perform on Saturday. The assailants, described as white men wearing ski masks, asked Smollett if he was "that f***ot Empire n*****?" and proceeded to attack him with a rope and bleach.

A number of celebrities have taken to social media to voice their support for Smollett, including Empire creator Lee Daniels, who recorded a video on Instagram in which the said: "You didn't deserve, nor anybody deserves, to have a noose put around your neck".

Two unknown men shouted "racial and homophobic slurs" before attacking the actor by pouring "an unknown chemical substance" on him and wrapping a rope around his neck, according to police.

The actor arrived to Chicago from NY prior to the attack.

The pictures appear to show two people, dressed in dark clothing, walking along a sidewalk next to a building. Perhaps some will now consider abandoning a movement that has been tied to a rise in hate-based attacks on one hand, and denies the existence of even the systems of belief that perpetuate them on the other.

But the alleged attacked is not captured on the hundreds of surveillance videos the 12 detectives assigned to the case have poured through.

"We have not been able to independently verify this because cell phone records would not be produced; We have no reason to doubt those statements, but we needed to independently verify those statements due to their financial relation", Guglielmi said.

Smollett is said to be "in a good condition" and is recovering. The FBI has since taken over the probe into the letter - as it was sent through the USA mail service - while Chicago police continue to look into the attack, authorities said. But police have no reason to doubt the story, according to Guglielmi.

Detectives are working the incident as a possible hate crime.

Musician Janelle Monáe shared a photo of her thanking Smollett for sending her flowers after her Rolling Stone article.

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter targeting Smollett that was sent last week to the Fox studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed, Guglielmi said. The Hollywood veteran has encouraged the alleged hate crime attackers to see him in-person.



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