| 10.7°C Dublin

Police say ‘persons of interest’ sought in Jussie Smollett assault investigation

Smollett, who stars in musical drama Empire, said he was attacked on Tuesday.

Close

Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked in Chicago (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked in Chicago (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Jussie Smollett was allegedly attacked in Chicago (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

Police investigating an alleged homophobic and racist assault on Empire actor Jussie Smollett said a review of security camera footage has led to “potential persons of interest” being wanted for questioning.

Smollett, who is black and came out as gay in 2015, was attacked by two men in Chicago on Tuesday, police said.

The attackers poured an “unknown chemical substance” over Smollett and wrapped a rope around his neck, according to investigators.

The suspects shouted racial and homophobic slurs during the attack, police said. No arrests have been made.

However on Wednesday, Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said “persons of interest” are wanted for questioning.

He said: “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.”

Smollett has starred in Fox’s musical drama Empire since 2015. He plays Jamal, the gay son of a music mogul, played by Terence Howard.

His Empire co-star Taraji P Henson is among the celebrities to have offered their support on social media.

PA Media