Reportedly, the Chicago Police Department has obtained video surveillance footage of the person of interest in regards to the assault on Jussie Smollett earlier on this week. Anthony Guglielmi, the Chicago PD chief communications officer, tweeted stills from the surveillance footage on Wednesday night. The stills show two people walking on the on the sidewalk of a deserted street.
In addition to the stills, Guglielmi tweeted “ while video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously and wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed.” A police statement says that Smollett has since been released from the hospital and is in good condition.
The attack that left the actor hospitalized, took place at around 2 a.m. local time Tuesday morning in Chicago. Close sources to the musician and actor who is best known for playing the role of Jamal Lyon on Fox series Empire, told TMZ that during the attack the actors assailants spewed homophobic and racist slurs at him. In addition they tied a noose around his neck and poured an unknown chemical substance on him, says Chicago PD.
During the attack Jussie says that his assailants yelled “MAGA country”. This was later confirmed to CBS News Wednesday afternoon by the police. Smollett’s music manager, Brandon Z. Moore, confirmed the language that the actor says his assailants used, as he was on phone with the actor during the attack.
Assisting in the investigation is the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), according to reports by ABC News. The attack is being considered as a possible hate crime. The actor/ musician is still expected to perform live in a concert at the Troubador in West Hollywood this Friday, as confirmed by a spokesperson from his team.