Jussie Smollett's Family Breaks Silence on ''Unprovoked'' Attack

01 February, 2019, 01:07 | Author: Heather Diaz
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Chicago authorities have seen security footage showing actor Jussie Smollett with a rope draped around his neck on the day he was allegedly attacked, police confirmed Thursday, as his family released an emotional statement.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi also said Thursday that Smollett and his manager say they were talking on the phone when he was attacked at 2 a.m. Tuesday, but that Smollett has declined to hand his phone records to police.

Smollett claimed two men beat him up, tied a noose around his neck, said racial and homophobic slurs and threw an unknown chemical substance on him Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

"In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack", the statement begins. He returned to his apartment afterward and his manager called police from there about 40 minutes later, Guglielmi said. "We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive".

"While video [footage] does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously and wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed", he added.

Guglielmi said there are still many more videos for investigators to collect and go through as they try to get a complete picture of Smollett's walk home. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world.

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The footage shows two men dressed in black walking together along a street with their faces obscured from view. Smollett was treated at Northwestern Hospital and remains in stable condition.

Smollett is seen walking into a residential building with the rope on him in the video, Chicago Police Department officer Jennifer Bryk told the Daily News.

New details are emerging in the alleged attack and possible hate crime against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

Smollett has starred on Fox's "Empire" since 2015.

Sources told TMZ that the actor had received a disturbing letter, which read: "You will die f**", eight days prior to the attack. The president's remarks came after Chicago Police released shadowy images of two men caught on surveillance camera near the spot where the actor said he was attacked.

Jussie is still slated to perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Saturday. Some of the outrage stemmed from Smollett's account to detectives that his attackers yelled that he was in "MAGA country", an apparent reference to the Trump campaign's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

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