Photos of "people of interest" associated with the alleged attack by actor Jussie Smolletta of "Empire" were released on Wednesday evening at Chicago's police station.
Smollett, 36, told investigators that he was brutally attacked by two unidentified men in the morning who raided racial and homophobic insults.
The police administration said on Wednesday they had viewed hundreds of hours of surveillance cameras in the city center, but have not yet found any recordings of the alleged attack.
But a few hours later, Chicago Police Chief of Police Communications Anthony Guglielmi published two photographs of those possibly linked to alleged beating on Twitter.
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"While the video does not cover the encounter, the detectives seriously understand this development and want to examine individuals as they look at the camera," wrote Guglielmi.
The pictures depict two people dressed in dark clothes walking on the sidewalk next to the building.
Investigators told Fox News that as they walked around the Chicago River around 2 am, Smollett said the two were approaching and shouting, "This is MAGA country." The actor told the police that the men were knocking his hands on his face and pouring an unknown chemical before he was wearing a rope around the door.
Smollett, according to authorities, went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.
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"Given the seriousness of the indictment, we take this investigation very seriously and treat it as a possible hate crime," he said in a statement by the Chicago police after the alleged attack. "Detectives are currently working on video gathering, identifying potential witnesses, and setting an investigation deadline."
Smollett plays openly gay musician Jamal Lyons on Fox series. The actor for Ellen DeGeneres said in 2015 that he is identified as a gay, but not talking about his personal life in the public.
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In a statement by Fox News Fox Television and Fox Entertainment, they said, "We are deeply sad and bitter when we find out that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resistant and strong, and we will work with the police to bring those perpetrators to justice. The whole studio, network and production united are faced with any despicable act of violence and hate – especially against one of ours.
"Empire" is recorded in Chicago and is currently being produced. Fox Broadcasting Company spokeswoman Fox News confirmed on Wednesday evening that "increased production safety and Mr Smollett".
Fox News Matt Finn and Sasha Savitsky contributed to this report.