Chicago police still looking for video of attack on actor

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According to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was beaten by two men who approached him by yelling out "racial and homophobic slurs" at approximately 2 a.m. Tuesday morning in the 300 block of E. North Water Street.

Officials are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.

On Thursday, the Smollett family condemned the "violent and unprovoked attack", calling it "a racial and homophobic hate crime" in their first official statement since the incident. "We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive", the statement continued. "With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family".

TMZ reported Tuesday the attackers were white men wearing ski masks who poured bleach on Smollett and screamed "This is MAGA (Make America Great Again) country".

Meanwhile, police are hoping to identify and talk to the two people who were walking in the area at the time of the attack and whose images police released to the public late on Wednesday. According to Guglielmi, Smollett later went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after police advised him to do so.

Trump did not comment on claims the attackers were supporters of his and did not offer Smollett any apology. It was reported Thursday that police had surveillance footage of Smollett returning to his apartment with a rope tied around his neck.

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While taking his statement, Smollett requested the responding officers to turn off their body cameras, which police said isn't uncommon when officers enter a private residence.

Guglielmi said Tuesday evening they could not find video evidence of Smollett getting attacked.

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 has starred on Fox's "Empire" since 2015.

In photos of the purported letter - which were obtained by GrapeJuice.net and TMZ - the words "you will die black f-" are spelled out in magazine letter cut-outs. "If and when this occurred, we will find some kind of digital evidence of it. It certainly leads us to have questions for them'". Jussie had just arrived to the city from NY and made a late-night run to a Subway when someone yelled: "Aren't you that f**got "Empire" n**ga?" "The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate-and especially against one of our own".

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