Jussie Smollett Reportedly Refused to Turn Over Phone to Police Following Attack

Empire Cast Member Attack

"Photos of people of interest who were in [the] area of the alleged assault and battery of "Empire" cast member", said Anthony Guglielmi, Chicago Police Department spokesman, in a caption accompanying the pictures while sharing them on Twitter.

There have been no arrests following the incident, but police have now released CCTV stills of two figures who are potential persons of interest in the case.

Smollett, who is gay and black, says two men beat him, hurled racial and homophobic insults at him, poured an "unknown chemical substance" on him and looped the rope around his neck before fleeing.

"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.

Police were called 30-40 minutes after the attack took place, Guglielmi said. "We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive", the statement continued.

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. "I heard the scuffle and I heard the racial slur", he said.

Trump did not comment on claims the attackers were supporters of his and did not offer Smollett any apology. "We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. Nobody looks menacing, and we didn't find a container anywhere", Guglielmi added to the AP, referring to a container for the liquid Smollett said was thrown at him. Smollett then transported himself to an area hospital. It was reported Thursday that police had surveillance footage of Smollett returning to his apartment with a rope tied around his neck.

Smollett, 35, came out as gay in 2015.

On Thursday afternoon, when asked about the Smollett attack, President Trump said it was "horrible" and "Doesn't get worse, as far as I'm concerned".

"That I can tell you is disgusting", Trump said.

Police want to talk to two people seen on surveillance video walking in that section of downtown Chicago at the time of the attack.

Elgas reported that "when Smollett contacted police at 2:42AM, he was still wearing the rope around his neck".

The FBI is investigating that alleged letter, Guglielmi told PEOPLE. 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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