Jussie Smollett told police attackers knew he was on ‘Empire’

Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett

They then shouted racial and homophobic slurs at the gay actor, beat him, poured an "unknown chemical substance" on him and put a rope around his neck.

Smollett, 36, told police that the assailants, both wearing all black and one wearing a black mask, caught his attention when they mentioned the name of his TV show before attacking him on the street, as he walked home at 2 a.m. on January 29.

The 35-year-old "Empire" star was allegedly attacked by two men as he was leaving a Subway restaurant in Chicago at around 2 a.m. on January 29. The report also noted that officers turned off their body cameras at Smollett's request, something that crime victims sometimes ask officers to do, according to Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

The report notes that Smollett showed police where the attack occurred.

He suffered minor injuries and bruising, the report said.

And considering the mixed support the black LGBTQ community has received in the past, it's not impossible to think Smollett would have second thoughts about people believing him.

According to the police incident report, the 35-year-old "did not want to report offense however he believed it to be in the best interest to", the friend who called police said.

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A top European Union official, however, sounded the alarm bell after talks with British MPs. The UK is scheduled to leave the regional bloc on March 29.

Eddie Johnson, superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, told reporters Friday that progress was being made.

The police report did not offer additional details on the letter. Police have said the FBI was investigating the letter, which was sent to the studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed.

A spokesperson for 20th Century Fox Entertainment, which produces the series, had declined to comment last week when reached by CNN.

In his first show since the reported attack, Smollett tearfully told fans on Saturday he wasn't fully healed but was doing okay. I was not hospitalised. "Above all I fought ..."

Although Jussie Smollett was the victim of an very bad attack on his life, the Empire star nearly decided not to come forward with his story.

Police are following up on leads and still reviewing footage, according to Guglielmi.

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