Police Say They Found Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Attack

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"Investigators believe Jussie Smollet and the non-cooperating witnesses in the alleged attack of Smollett last month 'potentially staged the attack, ' sources tell CBS 2 Investigator Brad Edwards", wrote CBS Chicago.

During the attack, the thugs allegedly poured a chemical substance over him and tied a noose around his neck while yelling racial and homophobic slurs.

Some even explicitly blamed President Trump, buoyed by the detail Mr. Smollett claimed that his attackers told him the area was "MAGA country".

"Media reports about the Empire incident being a hoax are unconfirmed by case detectives". Elgas reported that Smollett did not appear for a scheduled interview on Thursday.

Chicago police have concluded that the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett was staged, according to two local media reports.

This news comes after Smollett made his first television appearance since the attack, appearing on Good Morning America to recount his awful late January experience.

Rumors circulated claiming that Smollett orchestrated his own attack in response to allegedly being written off Empire.

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I think it may need to be reiterated again, but Black people have a distrust of police because of the violence that bad cops have perpetrated against Black men.

The "Empire" actor, who is black and openly gay, told police he was attacked on January 29 by two people, who shouted racial and homophobic slurs and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.

As previously reported, police wanted Smollett to re-submit his phone records, after the first ones he provided were a "heavily redacted" PDF of his call log. Both are African-American associates of Smollett and both were seen in the surveillance video, according to Fox 32 Chicago correspondent Rafer Weigel.

A source reiterates to ET that Smollett did meet with the Chicago Police Department on Thursday for routine follow up questions. "I said, 'There's a f**king rope around my neck'". Sources also told the station police are police are investigating a hot sauce bottle with clear liquid found near the scene that smelled of bleach.

Jussie Smollett attends the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater's 60th Anniversary Opening Night Gala Benefit at New York City Center on November 28, 2018. "So I punched his a- back and then we started tussling".

Currently, it's unclear who the police are investigating and what will come of the purported incident, but it looks like authorities are on it and are treating it as a serious hate crime. They insist, however, that these people aren't suspects at this time.