Chicago police investigate 'Empire' star's reported assault
A Chicago police spokesperson tells CNN that investigators canvassed the neighborhood where the reported attack occurred on actor Jussie Smollett and have found no still images or video from security cameras of the incident.
A dozen police detectives with the assistance of the FBI are working the case on Tuesday, according to police spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi.
The only image of Smollett police obtained from security cameras was inside Subway Sandwich shop near the location of the reported crime, the actor was standing alone.
Chicago police say Jussie Smollett did not mention the alleged attackers shouting, “This is MAGA country” during the initial police interview. Investigators heard the claim in media reports and called the actor. He later relayed it to detectives in a supplemental interview.
Police say they are testing the chemical Smollett claimed to have been doused with and have yet to confirm the nature of the substance.
Editor's note: We are updating our headline on this story to reflect the latest information from Chicago police as they investigate Smollett's allegations.
California Sen. Kamala Harris mirrored New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker's description of the Jussie Smollett assault, calling it "an attempted modern day lynching."
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Harris and Booker were co-sponsored of an anti-lynching bill that cleared the Senate last December (after years of failed attempts to do so), and which now lies with the House.
Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said police “continue to seek any available evidence/video to identify possible offenders in [the Jussie Smollett] case.”
He asked the public to report any tips to police.
“Thus far we have not found anything to be able put out a description,” Guglielmi tweeted from a verified account.
Senator Cory Booker, who is currently weighing a decision on whether he will run for president in 2020, just called the attack an "attempted modern-day lynching" and called on Congress to pass an anti-lynching bill he has co-sponsored with Sen. Kamala Harris.
That bill, would make lynching a federal hate crime, passed the Senate in December and must now be taken up by the House.
A representative for GLAAD told CNN the organization has reached out Smollett to offer assistance and support.
"Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world," a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement.
A growing list of actors, producers, writers and others in the entertainment industry have shared their reactions to the horrific reported attack on "Empire" star Jussie Smollet.
FBI Chicago Special Agent John Althen tells CNN's Brad Parks that the FBI has no comment concerning any agency involvement in the Chicago police investigation into a possible hate crime against "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.