Police say actor came home with rope around neck

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Jussie Smollett Gabourey Sidibe Empire

CHICAGO-Detectives reviewed surveillance footage of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett walking to his downtown Chicago apartment, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men, although investigators have obtained images of people they would like to question, a police spokesman said on January 30. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime.

A threatening letter and drawing to Smollett was sent to the Fox television studio in Chicago on January 22, police told ABC News, and it contained a powdery substance that investigators believe was likely crushed-up Tylenol. "With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family".

Smollett said his attackers physically assaulted him and called him homophobic and racist slurs, according to police. "We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice". Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the initial police report did not reference those comments, but the actor recalled the information in a follow-up interview with detectives.

Finally, the Smolletts also asked everyone to remember the actor isn't the only victim of hate crimes.

The statement concludes, "Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such".

After expressing their warning that attacks like this will continue to happen until Americans start to hold each other accountable, the family went on to say that it starts with hateful words.




Guglielmi said piecing together the private and public surveillance video is tedious work that is made more hard by the fact that the time stamps on various cameras may not be in sync, meaning detectives have to figure out the exact times of events.

Guglielmi told The Associated Press that detectives have looked at hundreds of hours of surveillance video from businesses and hotels in the heavily monitored area and are expanding the search to include footage from public buses and buildings beyond the scene's immediate vicinity in the hopes of spotting the individuals who match Smollett's description.

Police are gathering and reviewing video from scores of surveillance cameras in the area.

President Donald Trump on Thursday responded to a question about the brutal assault on actor Jussie Smollett with a disconnected and illogical rant about his proposed wall along the U.S. -Mexico border.

The letter, according to a picture posted on the pop culture site That Grape Juice, said, "You will die, black fag".

Police told Elgas that detectives used time codes from two different cameras to piece together the movements of Smollett and the two "people of interest". "If and when this occurred, we will find some kind of digital evidence of it". "I've seen it, last night".

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