Police have identified two individuals who were of interest in their investigation into an alleged racist and homophobic attack on the "Empire" actressin Chicago last month. The police spokesman for the Chicago police, Anthony Guglielmi, said in an e-mail that the persons of interest were identified by "advanced technology, interviews with the victim and witnesses and transportation documents."
Guglielmi tweeted that the persons of interest were not considered suspects, but were probably in the area of the alleged January 29 attack and questioned by detectives. Guglielmi told The Associated Press that the two men are the same persons who go to the police the day after the police report the attack. He did not publish her name.
Smollett, who is gay, said he went to a subway restaurant at 02:00 on January 29, when he was attacked by two men who were screaming racial and homophobic slurs and hanging a rope around his Neck and poured bleach over him. In his first interview on the incident, Smollett reported in detail on the attack on Good Morning America Thursday and said the first attacker was masked, and he had only discovered the second attacker when he ran away. He said he had beaten back and later given the police a description as best he could.
Police in Chicago said 36-year-old Smollett was cooperative and they considered him a victim in this case. But as days passed without a video of the incident or suspect, questions about Smollett's account have surfaced online and in the media. At GMA, Smollett beat up those who doubted him, insisting that his story remained consistent.
"I have to acknowledge the lies and the hatred, and it feels like I said it was a Muslim or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel the doubters had much more support for me more, "Smollett told GMA.
Smollett said the attack left him "forever changed".
" I'll never be the man who did not, "Smollett said.
Smollett told the GMA that he believed the two men in the surveillance video were his attackers. He became emotional when asked how he would heal if the men were never found.
"I understand how difficult it will be to find them, but we have to," said Smollett. "I still want to believe in everything that has happened, that there is something called justice."
Smollett threw inaccurate media reports, including that his assailants wore "MAGA" hats, an acronym for "Make America" by President Donald Trump's Great Again slogan. "He said the attackers shouted," This is " MAGA Land, "but never said that they wore" MAGA hats ".
"I did not need to add anything like that," he said. "I do not need a MAGA cap because the cherry is on some racist ice cream cups."
" I'm not going out and get a tuna sandwich and a salad to meet someone. That's ridiculous. And it's offensive, "Smollett said to GMA.
When asked why he started calling the police, Smollett said," There is a degree of pride there. "
" We live in a society in which we are considered weak as a gay man, "Smollett said," I am not weak and we as a people are not weak. "
Smollett said his friend and creative director Frank Gatson called for the police for him GMA said he had the rope around his neck when he waited for the police to arrive because "I wanted them to see it."
Police are investigating where the rope might have originated, reports CBS Chicago. Sources also said that the police station investigated a hot sauce bottle near which clear liquid was smelled, which smelled of bleach.
In a speech with GMA, Smollett said he had not given his phone to investigators because it was personal In shape contained numbers and numbers for friends, family and occupation. According to CBS Chicago, Smollett reported on Tuesday, "CBS Chicago," "limited and heavily revised" telephone records to police officers. Smollett told GMA that he was phoning his manager when the attack took place.
Guglielmi said Smollett had submitted a PDF file with a revised record of phone calls, but the editors were "extreme," the station said. The police said the records were insufficient for a criminal investigation.
In a statement, Smollett's lawyer said the editors were "designed to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-ranking individuals who are not relevant to the attack"
. Jussie is the victim here who was arrested by the police superintendent. Jussie volunteered his phone records and made several statements to the police within an hour of the raid, "the statement said." The Chicago police have repeatedly told us that they're reporting to Jussie about what happened that night happened to be consistent and believable. Superintendent Johnson has clearly recognized from day one that Jussie is a victim. We continue to work closely with Chicago police and are confident they will find Jussies attackers and bring them to justice. "