More information has been coming out about the apparent homophobic and racist attack on Jussie Smollett early Tuesday morning in Chicago. Now, a woman said she saw two suspicious people outside of the apartment building she and Smollett live in about 90 minutes before the assault, TMZ reported.
The neighbor, who chose to remain unidentified, said, “She walked out of the building at 12:30 AM Tuesday to take her dogs out and saw the man near the door, pacing between the parking garage and entrance, looking agitated and smoking a cigarette. She says, ‘He looked out of place.’ He was a white man with scruff on his face wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short, exposing ‘thick, grey hunting socks’ with camel-colored dress shoes.”
She described him as looking like a “redneck.”
She also said saw “what looked like a rope, or a clothesline, protruding from the bottom of his sweatshirt, made of white and blue material.” The neighbor also claimed there was another man about 300 feet away, who near another entrance to the building. She was “creeped out” by the man, and after 5 minutes she went back in the building.
TMZ also reported the neighbor went to the building’s gym at 4 a.m. and saw a lot of security. The concierge explained the actor was attacked, she said.
“When she told him what she saw, the concierge implored her to call a detective and gave her two phone numbers,” TMZ wrote. “She made contact that afternoon and downloaded a detective.”
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted last night “Hours ago #ChicagoPolice detectives located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of Empire actor. A community alert w/ photos is being constructed and will be disseminated shortly.”
Here are the photos:
While walking to a Subway in Chicago, two men reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the 36-year-old actor after he exited a restaurant, investigators told The Hollywood Reporter. They allegedly punched and poured bleach on him while one of the suspects put a rope around his neck. As they fled the scene, Smollett told police they said, “This is MAGA country.”
Threatening letters directed at Smollett were reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago last week. The cutout letters said, “You will die black f**.” See below:
Anyone with information about Tuesday’s reported attack is being asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.