The Chicago Police Division has positioned surveillance video of “potential individuals of curiosity” within the alleged assault of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.
“Detectives positioned a surveillance digicam that reveals potential individuals of curiosity wished for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of ‘Empire’ actor,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. “A group alert with images is being constructed and will probably be disseminated shortly.”
CASE UPDATE: Hours in the past #ChicagoPolice detectives positioned a surveillance digicam that reveals potential individuals of curiosity wished for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of Empire actor. A group alert w/ images is being constructed and will probably be disseminated shortly. pic.twitter.com/hu3HaPN5h1
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 30, 2019
Smollett’s music supervisor additionally confirmed that he was on the telephone with the actor on the time he was attacked in Chicago, and that he heard a few of what transpired.
Brandon Z. Moore, who represents Smollett, instructed Selection that he gave his account to police authorities, however declined to enter particulars as a result of it’s an energetic investigation.
The assault is being characterised as a potential hate crime, and concerned two males yelling out “racial and homophobic slurs” at Smollett, pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on him, and wrapping a rope round his neck, in line with the Chicago Police Division. In a follow-up interview with police, Smollett additionally instructed investigators that he heard one of many assailants shout “MAGA nation.”
Moore instructed Selection that he heard these phrases getting used. “I heard that clearly. I heard the scuffle and I heard the racial slur,” he mentioned.
In accordance with ABC Information, an earlier menace had been made in letter kind to Smollett previous to Tuesday, and that investigation has now been handed over to the FBI.
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