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Jussie Smollett's Investigators Say They Have Persons Of Interests In Attack

Jussie Smollett's Investigators Say They Have Persons Of Interests In Attack

Chicago police have photos of people they'd like to talk to in the case involving "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, who was the victim of what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.

Smollett was attacked in the early hours of Tuesday morning outside of a Chicago fast food restaurant.

Police say two people approached Smollett about 2 a.m. Tuesday as he was walking in the 300 block of East North Lower Water Street and got his attention by yelling racial and homophobic slurs.

The victim also reported that the subjects "placed a rope around his neck and poured an unknown liquid substance on him".

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that when officers first came in contact with Smollett, he still had a rope around his neck.

Police said Smollett then drove himself to Northwestern Hospital, where he was in good condition, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap Tuesday evening.

In a 2018 AP interview, Smollett recalled shooting The Mighty Ducks in freezing-cold Minnesota, "the one thing that sticks in my mind specifically is I remember going to Prince's nightclub that he had, and performing there when I was 9 years old".

Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago last week.

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According to the reports, Smollett was walking out of Subway when someone yelled "Aren't you that f***ot Empire n*****?" before attacking him.

"Are y'all sure you know the facts before we tare shit up?"

Jussie, an actor on Empire who had came out as gay in 2015, was attacked outside a Subway at 2 a.m. after he returned on a delayed flight from NY.

Detectives are working the incident as a possible hate crime.

Empire creator Lee Daniels posted an emotional Instagram video. Police were unable to corroborate that conversation because Smollett would not allow investigators to have access to his phone. We are better than that. Smollett's character is the middle son of Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon and Cookie Lyon, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, respectively. The cutout letters said, "You will die black f**". "We are with you, Jussie", he wrote.

"We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts".

In a statement, Fox said they were "deeply saddened and outraged" to learn that a member of their Empire family was viciously attacked.


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