As Blavity has reported, Smollett was attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning by two unknown men; they reportedly shouted homophobic slurs at the actor, yelled "this MAGA country" while beating him, poured a chemical on him and left him with a noose around his neck.
Howard states that the cast learned about what happened on set, saying that their jaws dropped when they heard the news.
"I heard that clearly", Moore said.
Police didn't specify the race of the alleged suspects but did call it a "possible racially-charged assault and battery" and that they are "treating it as a possible hate crime". "They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance".
Though police haven't been able to find any videos of the actual attack, they have found pictures of "persons of interest".
"While video [footage] does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously and wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed", he added. We are thankful to our village for your vast support during this trying time.
Trump on Thursday referred to reports of the attack as "horrible".
The family also thanks their "village" for the support they have been shown and they thank God for seeing Jussie "through this cowardly attack alive". "We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and world". But when detectives followed up with Smollett later on Tuesday, he recalled the offenders making those comments, and detectives completed a supplemental report.
Guglielmi said piecing together the private and public surveillance video is tedious work that is made more hard by the fact that the time stamps on various cameras may not be in sync, meaning detectives have to figure out the exact times of events.
Smollett plays Jamal Lyon on Empire, a musical drama on Fox.
Some of the outrage stems 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.
"That I can tell you is frightful". Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the FBI director Wednesday, writing he was "disturbed" by the reports and was requesting a hate-crime investigation. Smollett's representative said his concert scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles will go on as planned.