Police Release Photos Of ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Jussie Smollett Attack
Chicago police have photos of people they’d like to talk to in the case involving Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was the victim of what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.
Investigators have located a surveillance camera that shows people who are now wanted for questioning, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement on Twitter.
Detectives had not yet found still images or video of the actual incident as of late Tuesday evening, police told CNN.
The images released by police show two shadowy figures with barely distinguishable features.[irp posts=”5976″ name=”Empire Star Jussie Smollett Recovering After Homophobic Attack in Chicago”]
Rob Elgas of Chicago’s ABC7 reports that the surveillance footage shows Smollett and the two unidentified men walking on opposite sides of the street.
They eventually walk off camera, at which point the alleged attack occurs.
A minute later, Smollett reappears on camera with a rope around his neck and street salt on his sweater.
Smollett told police that he had gone out for food around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning when he was attacked by two men wearing ski masks.
The men reportedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, beat him in the face, poured a chemical believed to be bleach on him and put a noose around his neck.