Police Have Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Hate Crime

Police Have Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Hate Crime

Police Have Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Hate Crime

Most know Smollett from the hit Fox show "Empire", where he plays Jamal Lyons, one of the most talented singers in a family full of musicians.

"They are outside on a street walking". Smollett was able to take himself to the hospital, and a representative for the actor says he is "recovering well".

The attack is being characterized as a possible hate crime, and involved two men yelling out "racial and homophobic slurs" at Smollett, pouring an "unknown chemical substance" on him, and wrapping a rope around his neck, according to the Chicago Police Department. The lead comes after detectives spent hours screening surveillance tapes for clues. Police are still reviewing city-owned and privately-owned building cameras in the area.

"We haven't seen anybody, at this point, matching the description he gave".

He goes on to say that "America is better than that" and said embracing others' differences should begin at home.

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

Smollett is yet to speak publicly about the incident, but many of his Empire colleagues have sent messages of support.

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

Jussie is presently at Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he is now receiving treatments.

A rep for Smollett did not return Fox News' request for comment.

PEOPLE has reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comment.

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.

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

California Sen. Kamala Harris, who recently announced her bid for presidency in the 2020 election, called the attack a "modern day lynching" and urged everyone to "confront this hate".

Anyone with information about Tuesday's reported attack is being asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.

Smollett told detectives his attackers said "something to the effect of 'this is MAGA country, ' " an apparent reference to President Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan, during the assault.

Chicago has one of the most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems in the USA, with thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses and in train tunnels.

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