AceShowbiz -As police continue their investigation into the Tuesday, January 29 attack on Jussie Smollett, more evidence and witness have been gathered to bring to light the attackers. Most recently, investigators found a video of the actor entering the lobby of his building with what appears to be a noose around his neck.
The video was captured by a surveillance camera in the building. Police are now in possession of the rope and the sweater he was wearing on the night of the attack to test the substance that was poured on Smollett by the attackers.
Meanwhile, a woman who lives in the same building Smollett stayed in has given her testimony to cops about two suspicious men she saw that night before the attack. The woman, who remains anonymous, says she saw a man who looked like a “redneck” pacing between the parking garage and entrance when she took her dogs out at 12:30 A.M. Tuesday. According to her account, the man looked agitated and smoked a cigarette.
She further describes the first man as a white male with scruff on his face wearing a blue winter beanie, a blue zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and blue jeans that were too short, exposing “thick, grey hunting socks” with camel-colored dress shoes. “He looked out of place,” she tells TMZ. She adds that she noticed what looked like a rope, or a clothesline, protruding from the bottom of his sweatshirt.
The second man was standing about 300 feet away, near another entrance of the building. She says she got “creeped out” by the man, and decided to retreat back into the building after 5 minutes. The woman says she called a detective after she woke up at 4 A.M. and learned of what happened to Smollett.
Police have released photos of two persons of interest who are wanted for questioning regarding the incident, but it’s unclear if the men in the photos were the same persons the woman saw. Police have looked into footage from surveillance cameras around the area, but so far have not found footage of the attack.
Meanwhile, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi has confirmed that a letter containing white powder was sent to the Chicago set of “Empire” days before the attack on the actor. The letter addressed to Cinespace Studios, where the show is filmed, was received on January 22. A HAZMAT unit was called into the building, but it’s later determined that the powder was just aspirin, nothing harmful.
The FBI is leading the investigation into the letter.
Previously, MTO News reported that police are not convinced that Smollet has told them everything about the incident. The source, who is allegedly close to the “Empire” star and having “intimate knowledge” into the investigation, said, “Jussie is holding back information.” The so-called insider added, “I can’t say that Jussie wasn’t attacked. But it didn’t [happen] like he said it did, and the police don’t believe him either.”
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