Emergency Dispatch Audio Released In Jussie Smollett Attack As FBI Launches Investigation Into Earlier Threat Made Toward 'Empire' Star
So far, authorities have been unable to identify the assailants behind the attack.
January 30, 2019 at 1:17 pm
Two MAGA supporters reportedly assaulted Empire star Jussie Smollett in a racist and homophobic attack that left him hospitalized on Tuesday.
As Blavity previously reported, assailants allegedly punched the actor in his face, doused his body in chemicals and wrapped a noose around his neck. He was treated at a nearby Chicago hospital and later released.
A spokesman from the Chicago Police Department (CPD) said the incident is being investigated as grounds for hate crime charges.
"Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime," Anthony Guglielmi, a representative for the CPD, assured.
As Smollett continues his recovery at home, a dispatcher's response to the 911 call a friend made shortly after the attack has now been released.
Entertainment news site The Blast first acquired the emergency dispatch recording. In it, the dispatcher reveals the actor/musician was "assaulted and battered" shortly after stepping outside of his condo building in the Windy City. The audio footage also confirms a noose was placed over Smollett's neck.
"Regarding a friend who was assaulted and battered … he's supposed to be well-known … a noose was placed around the friend's neck," the dispatcher said.
While the probe into the attack continues in Chicago, ABC News writes that the FBI has also stepped in to investigate a previous threat made against Smollett.
On January 22, police say a letter with violent wording was delivered to Fox Studios in Chicago with Smollett as the recipient. The memo also contained a powdery material, which authorities concluded was Tylenol.
Even though footage of Smollett inside of a Subway before the assault has been obtained by law enforcement, authorities say they have no further details about the aggressors.
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