The police began questioning them, said Chicago police spokeswoman Anthony Guglielmi.
The "Empire" star informed the authorities that two men were attacked by him, who began shouting "racial and homophobic images." Smollett argued that one of the attackers put a rope on his neck and poured him an unknown chemical before he fled.
"These people are not yet suspected, but were in an area of concern and were interrogated," said Guglieli. Thursday in the tweet. "The investigation continues."
"People of interest are allegedly in the area where the crime was reported," said Guglieli in the next tweet. "They are not considered to be suspects at this time, since they are now being interrogated by detectives."
Smollett gave his first detailed report on the attack on Good Morning America on Thursday morning, saying that he had "changed forever" by her.
36- An old man said he was on the phone with the manager and crossed the crossroads when he heard someone say "Empire!"
When he did not answer ̵
"Then I turned around and said," Well, what did you do, you just told me, "and I see that the attacker is disguised," Smollett said, it seems like he was emotional. "He said:" This is a MAGA country n **** r "and he hit me in the face, so I hit him back."
The attackers soon fled, and Smollett told Moore that he jumped.
Smollett told Roberts that he was seeing the image of two people released by the police and said: "For me, I have no doubt that they are."
He also denied the message that he told the police that the attackers were wearing the Make America Great Again hats. 19659002] "I have never talked about it," he said. "I did not have to add anything like that. They called me af **** t, they called me **** r. There's no way you cut it out. I do not need a MAGA hat like
Smollett said that he believes he was attacked because of his critique of President Donald Trump, saying Roberts: "I'm really hard against 45."
CNN Ryan Young is reported from Chicago and Dakin Andone has reported and wrote this story from Atlanta. CNN's Lina Respondo in France and Sandra Gonzalez contributed to this report.