Chicago police question two over alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

by Dwayne Torres February 15, 2019, 1:32
Chicago police question two over alleged attack on 'Empire' actor

"At first it was a thing of like, listen if I tell the truth then that's it cause it's the truth", Smollett says in a promotional clip that aired on Wednesday.

The Empire actor, 36, appeared on Thursday's Good Morning America for his first in-depth, televised interview since the January 29 incident.

During the interview, Smollett was played a clip of Trump responding to news of the alleged attack on the actor and R&B singer.

GMA anchor Robin Roberts, addressing the issue from her anchor chair Thursday morning, said: "His attorneys tell us they are willing to cooperate". "It's the attackers, but it's also the attacks".

Chicago police have not made any arrests and have not found any video of the alleged assault, leading some people to doubt his account of what happened. "For me, the main thing was the idea that I somehow switched up my story, you know?"

Additionally, Guglielmi went on to clarify that the two individuals are not now being investigated as the perpetrators of the crime, but that police do intend to question them about being in the vicinity when it took place. She added that Moore, who police consider a key witness because he said he could hear the attackers over the phone, "has refused to let police examine his phone". "And I'm not weak", he said.

"I want a little gay boy who might watch this to see that I fought back", he said, adding, "They ran off, I didn't". Smollett also said he didn't initially want to give police his cellphone because the device contained private content and phone numbers. They have also identified an image of two men walking away from the camera, which the actor told ABC News he believed to be the pair who assaulted him.

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"I noticed the rope around my neck and I started screaming", Smollett said.

"I heard 'Empire, ' and I don't answer to 'Empire.' My name ain't 'Empire, ' and I didn't answer", Smollett recalled. "I don't know what to say to that".

On why he didn't immediately call the police, Smollet, an openly gay man, said, "There's a level of pride there".

According to Chicago police, the two "persons of interest" on a grainy and blurry surveillance video from the night of the attack have been found and they are being interviewed in the investigation.

Smollett said he assumes he was targeted because of his vocal criticism against Donald Trump and his administration, telling Roberts, "I come really hard against 45".

But he said he failed to get a good description of them as their faces were obscured. "I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them".

During that time, the star said, he checked himself, saw his bruises and smelled bleach, so he left his clothes on as well as the rope around his neck. "But I do subscribe to the reason that we have the right and responsibility to make something meaningful out of the things that happen to us, good and bad".

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