Family of 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett issues statement

Family of 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett issues statement

Family of 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett issues statement

Chicago authorities have seen security footage showing actor Jussie Smollett with a rope draped around his neck on the day he was allegedly attacked, police confirmed Thursday, as his family released an emotional statement.

The Smollett family statement reads: "In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack".

Smollett claimed two men beat him up, tied a noose around his neck, said racial and homophobic slurs and threw an unknown chemical substance on him Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

Smollett is seen walking into a residential building with the rope on him in the video, Chicago Police Department officer Jennifer Bryk told the Daily News.

Donald Trump is addressing the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett.

A dozen detectives are pursuing new leads and have tracked the actor's movements that night through video and photos, Chicago Police tell ABC News. "His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice", they wrote, before thanking fans and other celebrities who have spoken out and sent messages of support to Jussie following the incident.

"That I can tell you is terrible", Trump told reporters.

The actor's manager Brandon Z. Moore was reportedly on the phone with Smollett while the attack was happening. Smollett then transported himself to an area hospital.

Police are looking to speak to two persons of interest who appeared in a surveillance image released by cops on Wednesday evening.

Guglielmi said Tuesday evening they could not find video evidence of Smollett getting attacked. Some of the outrage stemmed from Smollett's account to detectives that his attackers yelled that he was in "MAGA country", an apparent reference to the Trump campaign's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

The FBI is investigating that alleged letter, Guglielmi told PEOPLE.

Police are gathering and reviewing video from scores of surveillance cameras in the area. Guglielmi stressed that the people are not considered suspects and that police want to question them because they were in the vicinity and might have information that could be useful to the investigation.

Police say the cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests.

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