Jussie Smollett rope was around neck after attack: cops

Directors of “Jire Smollett”, “Empire” actor walking in the center of Chicago before and after he was told by two masked men, including a vision coming home, have released more footage of surveillance footage. with a rope around his neck, but they are searching a footage of the attack, a police spokesman said Thursday.

The video is from a surveillance camera at Smollett's apartment building that shows that he came home with a rope around his neck as part of an effort to get more footage of his two walks from a Subway restaurant to his apartment by about 2 in Tuesday.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives, who are investigating the case as hate offenses, could have added more footage from hundreds of public and private surveillance cameras in that area of ​​Chicago city center. , with many high level hotels and restaurants. But they have not yet received a video of the attack or the men who match Smollett's description of the suspects.

Smollett, who is black and gay and plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit television program Fox, said the men beat him, put him on racist and homophobic insults, threw him an "unknown chemical substance" and put a rope thin around his neck before fleeing. He returned to his apartment later and his manager asked the police for that about 40 minutes later, Guglielmi said. When the officers arrived, there were cuttings and scrapes on his face and rope around his neck. Subsequently Smollett went to hospital for treatment.

Guglielmi said that there are still many other videos that investigators can collect and go through as they want to get a full picture of Smollett's walking. Hard work is made more difficult as the time stamps on different cameras cannot be concurrent, which means that detectors must recognize the actual hours.

“I like to put together a puzzle,” he said.

Guglielmi said Smollett and his manager with detectives said they were talking on the phone at the time of the attack, but that the 36-year-old actor refused to turn his phone record on the detectives, which asks for information that regular criminal investigations.

Smollett did not speak publicly about the attack, but his representative told the Associated Press Wednesday night that the actor was at home and recovering again. Smollett's family issued a statement by Thursday Thursday saying that “hate crime and homophobic racism” by the actress and pushing back against any suggestion that he was nothing but truthful to the police.

“Jussie told everything to the police from the start. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful that they will find these men and give them justice, ”the family said.

The police are hoping to identify two people who were walking in the area and to talk to them at the time of the attack and who has the image that the department has released. Guglielmi stressed that the people are not seen as suspects and that police want to question them because they were in the neighborhood and that they may have useful information.

Reports of the crisis flood attack and support for Smollett drew on social media. Some of the danger came from Smollett's account to detectives who accused his attackers of being in the “MAGA country,” a clear reference to the motto “Make America Great Again”.

President Donald Trump expressed condolences to Smollett on Thursday.

“I can say you're horrible. It is not getting worse, ”the president said when asked about the matter. The location where Smollett says he was attacked is far from the Trump Hotel & International Tower.

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter to Smollett which was launched last week to the Fox studio in Chicago where “Empire” is filmed, Guglielmi said. The FBI refused to comment on the investigation.

In addition to his acting career, Smollett has a career and is well known, particularly on LBGTQ issues. A Smollett representative said that his concert will take place on Saturday in Los Angeles forward as planned.

Now in the fifth season, the hour drama “Empire” follows an African-American family as they navigate the boom and what has fallen out in the record industry. Smollett is the average son of the founder of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon and Cookie Lyon, who played Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson respectively.

Chicago has one of the most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses and train tunnels.

The police say that the cameras have helped them make thousands of catches. In one of the most famous examples of the department's use of the cameras, investigators in 2009 were able to recreate a 20-minute school board presidential drive through the city, identifying their cars' succession of surveillance cameras to help them so. He decided to commit suicide and another person did not follow him and killed him, because his friends were speculating.

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