Chicago – Detectives have watched Jussie Smolletta's "Empire" actor's footage in his Chicago apartment, but so far no video shows that two masked men are attacking him, although the investigators got pictures of people they would like to ask, police spokesman said in a on Wednesday.
Spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi tweeted:
Investigators "largely" can confirm the path that Smollett took early on Tuesday when he said he was attacked along Street Street Street after visiting a sandwich store, Guglielmi said. However, there are gaps, and no footage shows an attack, he said, although the review is under way.
Photographs of people of interest in the alleged attack and batteries of the Emperor. While the video does not cover the encounter, the detectives seriously understand this development and want to examine individuals while browsing multiple cameras pic.twitter.com/xJDDygtocr
– Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi)
January 31, 2019
Guglielmi said detectives, investigating charges as a possible hate crime, viewed hundreds of hours of video surveillance from companies and hotels in the area under enormous control. But he said they still need to collect and see more. He said he widened the search to include shots from public buses and buildings outside the immediate vicinity of the scene in the hope of detecting men who agree with Smollett's description of the suspects.
"We did not see anyone at this time, which is consistent with the description he gave. Nobody looks threatening and we have not found a container anywhere," Guglielmi said, thinking of the fluid container the actor said was thrown at him.
Smollett did not publicly speak about the attack, but his representative told The Associated Press on Wednesday evening that the actor was "at home and recovering."
Now, in its fifth season, a one-hour drama follows the African American family as they move up the slopes and falls of the record industry. Smollett's character is the middle son of the founder of Empire Entertainment, Lucious Lyon and Cookie Lyon, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.
After the attack, Smollett returned to his apartment, and his manager from there called the police about 40 minutes later, Guglielmi said. When the cops arrived, the actor had cuts and scratches on his face, and the rope around the door that said he had set him up. According to William, the 36-year-old later went to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital after police advised him to do so.
The FBI investigates a threatening letter directed to Smollett, who was sent to Fox's Chicago studio last week, where he was shot "Empire," Guglielmi said. The FBI did not immediately return the call asking for a comment on Wednesday.
Bobby Rush, a Democratic Congressman from Chicago, issued a statement urging the agency to conduct "an immediate and thorough investigation of civil rights of racist and homophobic attacks."
With his acting career, Smollett has a musical career and prominent activist, especially on LBGTQ issues. Smollett's representative said his concert scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles would continue as planned.
The attack report caused the flood of anger and support for Smollet on social media. Among the many well-known figures and politicians who measured, was Senator of California Kamala Harris, a Democratic presidential candidate from 2020 who knows Smollett. The attack was called "unheard of" and "horrible".
A bit of annoyance stems from Smollett's report to detectives that his attackers were screaming he was in "MAGA Land," apparently related to the slogan of the Trump campaign "Make America Great Again".
Chicago has one of the most sophisticated and most comprehensive video surveillance systems in the country, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses and trains.
Police say their cameras helped make thousands of arrests. In one of the most famous examples of cameras use by the department, in 2009, investigators could create a 20-minute run of school board chairman through the city, listing his car on a series of surveillance cameras to help determine he committed suicide and no one else followed and killed , as his friends guessed.