Chicago police have identified several “persons of interest” related to the savage attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett, RadarOnline.com 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 Radar.
Officials are now pouring over the video, and are working to isolate the individuals on the tape.
“A community alert with photos is being constructed and will be disseminated shortly,” Guglielmi added.
As Radar 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.
“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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