Police release CCTV showing persons of interest

Police release CCTV showing persons of interest

Police release CCTV showing persons of interest

"Photos of people of interest who were in area of the alleged assault & battery of Empire cast member", Guglielmi tweeted on Wednesday evening alongside the photos of the figures, both wearing dark clothing, walking side-by-side.

Smollett, who is black, gay and Jewish and plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox television show, said the men beat him, subjected him to racist and homophobic insults, threw an "unknown chemical substance" on him and put a thin rope around his neck before fleeing.

This development comes on the heels of a series of questions regarding the attack on the actor on the streets of Chicago early Tuesday morning.

Detectives have collected and are reviewing more surveillance video from neighboring hotels and apartments, but have not found video of the incident at this point, Guglielmi said.

In regards to his recovery, Howard said: "I heard he's getting better, you know he's angry but I know Jussie, and Jussie's anger will dissipate and he will forgive these people for what they did".

The report of the attack drew a flood of outrage and support for Smollett on social media. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department told ET earlier this week that Smollett told detectives late Tuesday afternoon in a follow-up interview that his two attackers yelled, "MAGA country" to him during the attack, referring to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan. Jussie rib's were fractured and he was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. He is said to be in good condition.

The video from a surveillance camera at Smollett's apartment building showing him arrive home with a rope around his neck is part of a larger effort to obtain as much footage as possible of his walk from a Subway restaurant to his apartment at around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Smollett's family said in their statement Thursday that the actor was "the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack". Smollett said the attackers used the n-word and "faggot", place a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him.

"I heard that clearly", he told ABC News.

Representatives from Empire, the show Smollett is now on, were quick to share their condolences. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the FBI director Wednesday, writing he was "disturbed" by the reports and was requesting a hate-crime investigation. He is still scheduled to perform Saturday night in Los Angeles at the Troubadour.

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