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Police release stills of possible Smollett attackers

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Chicago Police Department - Twitter

Although the pictures don't give much detail, the Chicago Police Department has released stills of "people of interest" in the Jussie Smollett attack case.

Released through their Twitter feed, the pictures show two people walking down an empty street in an unidentified location.

“While video does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously & wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed," spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi captioned on Twitter.

Details of the attack are as murky as the photos. Smollett says he was walking through the streets of Chicago at 2 am last Tuesday, on his way to a Subway sandwich shop. 

It is then that he says two men attacked him, placed a noose around his neck and poured what was originally reported as bleach over his body. Smollett says the assailants yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him during the attack.

The police report that "This is MAGA country," was yelled at Smollett, something confirmed by the actor himself and his manager who was on the phone with at the time.

Smollett made it home and called police who noted abrasions about his face and the rope around his neck, something the actor says was put there by the two men. The Police pressed him to go to the hospital which he did.

The police are pursuing the incident as a possible hate crime and the FBI has now become a part of the investigation.

Adding to the severity of the story, a note written in letters cut out of a magazine was sent to the star at Fox studios which threatened, "You will die black Fag”

Authorities are not giving away too much information possibly in an effort to keep the suspects blind to where the developing investigative timeline is leading.

The out Empire actor has been quiet himself about the attack but is planning on keeping his concert schedule in Los Angeles this weekend.