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Cops Identify ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Savage Attack On ‘Empire’ Star Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett – Chicago Police ID Several ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Attack On ‘Empire’ Actor
Source: MEGA

Jan. 30 2019, Published 10:50 p.m. ET

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Chicago police have identified several “persons of interest” related to the savage attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett, has exclusively learned.

“Detectives have located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for questioning in reference to the assault and battery of an Empire actor,” Anthony Guglielmi, CPD Chief Communications Officer, told

Officials are now pouring over the video, and are working to isolate the individuals on the tape.

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“A community alert with photos is being constructed and will be disseminated shortly,” Guglielmi added.

As reported, Smollett, 35, was hospitalized Tuesday after two people attacked him in an alley in what police believe was a hate crime. They allegedly screamed racial and homophobic slurs at him.

The attackers also reportedly “poured an unknown chemical substance” on him, and in a horrific move, “one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck,” cops said.


After the attackers fled the scene, Smollett went to Northwestern Hospital for treatment.

The Empire actor publicly came out as a gay man  in an exclusive interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2015.

“It was really important to me to make sure that it got across that there is no closet,” Jussie said. “There’s never been a closet. That I’ve been in.”

He added, “I don’t own a closet, I got a dresser, but I don’t have a closet, but I have a home and that is my responsibility to protect that home.”

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