Jussie Smollett's Family Breaks Silence Following Alleged 'Cowardly' Assault of Empire Star


The Chicago Police Department (CPD) said "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett and his music manager are not handing over phone records of a conversation that occurred Tuesday morning during an alleged attack.

ET also learned that Smollett's manager, Brandon Z. Moore, told police he was on the phone with the actor during the attack, and that Moore said he told police he clearly heard the MAGA comment in addition to both racial and homophobic slurs.

"In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack". Police have said that the video shows Smollett, who walks out of frame and when he's back in, he is seen "wearing a rope like a neck tie".

Donald Trump is addressing the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett. "Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice", the statement continues.

"That I can tell you is terrible", Trump said.

According to another tweet from Elgas, "Smollett requested responding Chicago police officers turn off their body cameras as they arrived to take his report". He says they beat him, hurled racial and homophobic insults at him, poured an "unknown chemical substance" on him and looped a rope around his neck before fleeing.

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Police confirmed they have spoken to Moore and his account is noted in the police report.

The president did not address that the actor's attackers allegedly yelled during the attack "this is MAGA country", a reference to Trump's 2016 campaign slogan.

The FBI is investigating a threatening letter targeting Smollett that was sent last week to the Fox studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed, Guglielmi said.

Chicago has one of the nation's most sophisticated and extensive video surveillance systems, including thousands of cameras on street poles, skyscrapers, buses and in train tunnels.

PEOPLE has reached out to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for comment. But he said they still needed to collect and view more in the hopes of finding footage of the attack or of the men who match Smollett's description of the suspects.

Police say the cameras have helped them make thousands of arrests.