Chicago authorities have seen security footage showing actor Jussie Smollett with a rope draped around his neck on the day he was allegedly attacked, police confirmed Thursday, as his family released an emotional statement.
In a community alert, police said that two male subjects were reported by Smollett to have struck him and knocked him to the ground before placing a rope around his neck and pouring an unknown substance on him. "Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning".
And the weather in Chicago at midnight Tuesday - two hours before the alleged attack - showed a low temperature of 1 degree with 14-mph winds.
"At one point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim's neck", police said in a statement sent to Reason.
"We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime", the statement from Smollett's family reads.
Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, noted on Twitter that "detectives located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of" Smollett.
Smollett has told police that he was on the phone with his manager at the time of the attack, and his manager has claimed he heard the alleged assailants say "This is MAGA country" during the assault.
Now in its fifth season, the hourlong drama "Empire" follows an African-American family as they navigate the ups and downs of the record industry.
Smollett was treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was in "good condition", according to People Tuesday. The FBI has declined to comment on the investigation. He plays Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family.
Days after he was attacked, "Empire" star Jussie Smollett's family has broken their silence.
Jussie Smollett in 2016.
The current president addressed the hate crime against Empire actor Jussie Smollet by what is believed to have been a group of his supporters wearing ski masks. He is still scheduled to perform Saturday night in Los Angeles at the Troubadour.
When news broke of Smollett's attack, both fans and other celebrities alike were outraged and hurt by the news.
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.
In his second interview with police, Smollett remembered his attackers calling out the abbreviation of Donald Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again", according to a statement from the Chicago Police previously obtained by PEOPLE. The president's Trump International Hotel & Tower is in the general area where the attack took place.