Jussie Smollett was initially hesitant to report his brutal attack that happened nearly a week ago.
According to a Chicago Police Department report, the “Empire” star “did not want to report the offense however he believed it to be in the best interest to.” On Monday, Chicago’s ABC7 obtained a partially redacted copy of the report through a Freedom of Information Act request. Chilling new details have emerged as the report states two men wearing black, one in a ski mask, used their hands, feet, and teeth to harm the 36-year-old in the assault.
Police found Smollett with a white rope around his neck and stained clothes from a thrown unknown chemical substance. Smollett said it all started last Tuesday when he left a Subway restaurant at 2 a.m. The two attackers got his attention by yelling racial and homophobic slurs and then began to beat him “about the face with their hands”, per the report.
“The primary aggressor was wearing a black mask concealing any facial features and both offenders were dressed in black,” according to the report. “The victim does not remember any other distinguishing features of the offenders, or in which direction they fled,” it added.
The reports confirmed that Smollett informed police he received “hate mail at his place of work” a week before he was attacked. Although Chicago police have not been able to find the two men, they have located “additional security cameras” to help.
“Detectives continue to follow-up on investigative leads as additional security cameras have been located and footage is being downloaded and reviewed,” Guglielmi said. “The people of interest have not been identified (as homeless or otherwise),” Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.
Smollett took the stage for the first time since the assault in California over the weekend.
“I’m not fully healed yet … but I’m going to be, and I’m gonna stand strong with y’all,” he told the cheering crowd.
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