The Chicago Police Department has released photos of two “persons of interest wanted for questioning” in the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett.
The images come from surveillance video taken in the area of the assault. According to the CPD, “While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed.”
Police say, despite reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance videos, they haven’t found any footage of the incident.
The actor says earlier this week two men in ski masks attacked him, poured bleach on him and placed a rope around his neck. Smollett says they used homophobic slurs and yelled “MAGA country.”
Neighbor Saw the men before the attack
The Chicago Police Department is gathering more clues in the brutal beating of Empire star Jussie Smollett and have interviewed a neighbor who claims she saw the attackers about two hours before they jumped him.
The woman tells TMZ she saw the men hanging outside the entrance to the building around midnight looking “out of place.” One of them she described as a “redneck” wearing a blue ski hat, a hoodie, jeans that were too short and dress shoes. She also noticed what appeared to be a thin rope hanging out of his sweatshirt. The other man, she said, was standing about 300 feet away.
The woman says she was creeped out by them so she went back inside. When she woke up later in the morning, she heard what had happened to Smollett and immediately spoke to detectives.