Chicago Police Questioning Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Attack

Watch Jussie Smollett Cries in First Interview Since Alleged Attack		ABC13 Feb 2019

Watch Jussie Smollett Cries in First Interview Since Alleged Attack ABC13 Feb 2019

Hate crimes are on the rise, and Black trans women and trans women in general are victims of horrific violence every single day, so the idea that there were men walking around Chicago looking to act on their hate isn't a surprise to me. Guglielmi said the men were identified through advanced technology, interviews with Smollett and witnesses, and transportation records. The president said: "I think that's terrible".

I hope Jussie Smollett, with his celebrity, can get justice, but I also know that if he doesn't that would be the norm.

"We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process".

In the promo clip, the "Empire" star breaks down in tears when Robin asks, "At any point during the attack, did you fear for your life?"

Smollett said it took police about 30 minutes to respond.

Smollett said Moore called him back immediately.

"We have no reason to think he's not being genuine with us", Johnson said. "Our people are not weak". It was not until the attack was over that the singer realized he had a noose around his neck and liquid bleach poured on him. The spokeswoman said that the bottle had not been discovered during earlier searches of the area and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would assist with the analysis.

- Investigators with the Chicago Police Department announced on Thursday that they have identified the persons of interests who were in the area at the time Jussie Smollett of "Empire" was allegedly assaulted.

"I want them to see that I fought back", Smollett continued, his voice breaking. And I want a little gay boy who might watch this to see that I fought back.

"I understand how hard it will be to find them but we've got to", he insisted. When he turned around to confront them, Smollett was punched in the face.

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Smollett has faced increased scrutiny this week amid reports that he gave redacted phone records to police.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday the two are being questioned by a team of detectives assigned to the high-profile case, but he emphasized that the two "are not considered suspects at this time".

"Transportation records" also assisted detectives, Guglielmi said, noting that he could not elaborate.

According to Smollett's music manager, in an earlier interview with Variety, he said that the two assailants shouted, "This is MAGA country" at Smollett during the assault. "It's the truth", he says in the preview (above).

"Jussie is the victim here", the statement read. As he explained to Roberts, his reluctance to give police his phone had to do with privacy concerns, not him hiding anything regarding the attack.

Two weeks after Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked in a reported hate crime, the Empire star is speaking out. It was very icy and we ended up tussling by the stairs. "And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more".

"When it comes to his attackers" motivations, the actor, who mentioned he comes out "really really hard against" Trump, said he can only judge the situation based on their words. Smollett asked in the interview with Roberts. "It doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned".

"I never said that", he said.

"Let me start by saying that I'm OK", the statement began.

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