Police say actor came home with rope around neck

Police say actor came home with rope around neck

Police say actor came home with rope around neck

They say video shows Smollett walking across the street from two possible persons of interest, whose photos were released late Wednesday to the public.

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.

Reports of the attack drew a flood of outrage and support for Smollett on social media. Smollett then transported himself to an area hospital. The statement, via Entertainment Tonight, starts off by his family making it known that this was a "racial and homophobic hate crime" and they "are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice".

Police were notified 40 minutes after the attack and found Smollett in his apartment with cuts and scrapes on his face and the rope around the actor's neck, according to AP.

Earlier this week, Jussie Smollett was beaten by two white men when he was in Chicago to return to work on the show Empire.

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". "Nobody looks menacing, and we didn't find a container anywhere", Guglielmi added to the AP, referring to a container for the liquid Smollett said was thrown at him.

"I heard that clearly", he told ABC News.

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Before Smollett's incident, additional security was hired for the Empire set after Fox Studios' Chicago offices allegedly received a threatening homophobic letter addressed to the actor, who is gay, last week.

In this image released by Fox, Bryshere Gray, Jussie Smollett, Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard appear from left in a scene from "Empire".

Now in its fifth season, Empire follows an African-American family as they navigate the ups and downs of the record industry.

In addition to his acting career, Smollett has a music career and is a noted activist, particularly on LBGTQ issues.

Jussie is still slated to perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Saturday. "While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed". They also want to make clear that he has been nothing but cooperative with police.

According to another tweet from Elgas, "Smollett requested responding Chicago police officers turn off their body cameras as they arrived to take his report".

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