Trump Reacts to Jussie Smollett Story: 'Horrible'

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Smollett's family issued a statement through a spokesman Thursday saying they believe he was the victim of an unprovoked "racial and homophobic hate crime" and that he has been forthright with the police, who are still searching for surveillance video of the attack.

Fans of Jussie Smollett have been looking for answer's since his Tuesday morning attack.

Guglielmi said on Wednesday that detectives, who are investigating the allegations as a possible hate crime, have looked at hundreds of hours of surveillance video from that section of the Streeterville neighbourhood.

Law enforcement's investigation continues into the assault on Empire star Jussie Smollett. "With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family". Smollett said the attackers used the n-word and "faggot", place a noose around his neck, and poured bleach on him.

"We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country", the statement read.

Police are looking to speak to two persons of interest who appeared in a surveillance image released by cops on Wednesday evening.

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Smollett was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was in "good condition", according to People Tuesday.

After expressing their warning that attacks like this will continue to happen until Americans start to hold each other accountable, the family went on to say that it starts with hateful words.

"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. It was reported Thursday that police had surveillance footage of Smollett returning to his apartment with a rope tied around his neck.

They showed two men walking down a street between 1:30 a.m. and 1:45 a.m. early Tuesday.

Some of the outrage stems 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.

According to another tweet from Elgas, "Smollett requested responding Chicago police officers turn off their body cameras as they arrived to take his report. 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. Jussie had just arrived to the city from NY and made a late-night run to a Subway when someone yelled: "Aren't you that f**got "Empire" n**ga?" "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".

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