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Images of Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Attack Released

Images of Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Attack Released

Investigators "for the most part" can confirm the route Smollett took early Tuesday when he says he was attacked by two masked men along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

The Chicago police released two surveillance photos late Wednesday night of two figures they said are "persons of interest" in the Jussie Smollett attack. While the video footage does not depict an assault, the individuals pictured are seen in the vicinity of the alleged criminal incident during the alleged time of occurence.

The talk show host on Wednesday posted a video on his Instagram page and shared his thoughts on the January 28 alleged attack on the "Empire" actor, who was doused in bleach and had a noose wrapped around his neck. CBS also states that when police arrived at Smollett's apartment, a "noose was still around" the actor's neck.

The attackers allegedly beat Smollett poured a chemical substance on him, placing the rope around his neck as if they were going to hang him, according to police.

The pictures appear to show two people, dressed in dark clothing, walking along a sidewalk next to a building.

This week, fans of the TV series Empire awoke to the horrific news that Jussie Smollett had been injured in a vicious attack. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love.

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"We have not been able to independently verify this because cell phone records would not be produced; We have no reason to doubt those statements, but we needed to independently verify those statements due to their financial relation", Guglielmi said.

Guglielmi said that Smollett recalled the use of the 'MAGA country" phrase "to detectives during their initial followup investigation. Smollett's character is the middle son of Empire Entertainment founder Lucious Lyon and Cookie Lyon, played by Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, respectively.

The pair later fled the scene.

Smollett, who was later taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries, has received an outpouring of support from celebrities, politicians and leadership behind the television show.

Smollett is yet to speak publicly about the incident, but many of his Empire colleagues have sent messages of support. There is no footage or image showing an actual attack taking place like the one Smollett has described to investigators.

Senator Cory Booker, writing on Twitter, argued that the attack highlighted the need to pass a bill created to classify lynching as a federal hate crime.

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