Chicago police on Wednesday (30 January) released photos of persons of interest in the alleged homophobic and racist attack on Jussie Smollet.
‘Detectives located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of Empire actor’ said Chief Communications Officer of Chicago Police, Anthony Guglielmi, Ion Twitter.
The police released photos showing two men in dark clothing walking along a Chicago street.
Smollett required hospital treatment after an attack in Chicago on Tuesday. Two white men allegedly harassed and attacked Smollett in the early hours. They also hurled homophobic and racist insults.
They also allegedly put a noose around the actor’s neck and poured an ‘unknown chemical substance’ on him.
He has since been discharged is reportedly in ‘good condition’.
Smollett’s music manager, Brandon Z. Moore, told ABC News the attackers shouted ‘Maga Country.’ Maga stands for the pro-Donald Trump slogan ‘Make America Great Again’.
Moore was on the phone to Smollett at the time of the attack.
Photos of people of interest who were in area of the alleged assault & battery of Empire cast member. While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed pic.twitter.com/xJDDygtocr
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 31, 2019
‘You will die black fag’
The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) told ABC News on Tuesday it was investigating the attack.
Smollett also received a threatening letter days before the attack, according to ThatGrapeJuice. ‘You will die black fag’ it reportedly said.
Celebrities and other notable figures sent an outpouring of love and support for Smollett this week.
Fox, which shows Empire, said it was ‘ saddened and outraged’.
‘We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice’.
‘The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.’
Empire director and writer Eric Haywood also wrote he would ‘burn your fucking house down’ to protect Smollett.