Detectives have recovered more surveillance footage of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett walking in downtown Chicago before and after he says he was attacked by two masked men, including video of him arriving home with a rope around his neck, but they're still searching for footage of the attack, a police spokesman said Thursday.
Law enforcement sources told the gossip site that the Chicago PD is investigating the incident as a battery and potentially treating the incident as a possible hate crime. The statement, via Entertainment Tonight, starts off by his family making it known that this was a "racial and homophobic hate crime" and they "are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice". "We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive".
There has been an outpouring of support for Smollett since news of the attack broke.
Police told ABC News that Smollett was seen on camera walking into an apartment with a rope around his neck and "wearing it like a necktie" before calling cops from inside the building.
Police are gathering and reviewing video from scores of surveillance cameras in the area. The 36-year-old actor was subsequently hospitalized and released, local authorities said.
While taking his statement, Smollett requested the responding officers to turn off their body cameras, which police said isn't uncommon when officers enter a private residence.
Smollett, 35, came out as gay in 2015.
Smollett told detectives that the attackers told him it was "MAGA country" when they attacked him.
The AP added that Chicago has one of the nation's most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses, and in train tunnels - and that police said such cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests.
The letter, according to a picture posted on the pop culture site That Grape Juice, said, "You will die, black fag". "Nobody looks menacing, and we didn't find a container anywhere", Guglielmi said, referring to a container for the liquid that the actor said was thrown at him. "It certainly leads us to have questions for them'". "I've seen it. It doesn't get worse", Trump replied when asked about the alleged attacks by CNN contributor April Ryan. "The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face or any despicable act of violence and hatred - and especially against one of our own".