A spokesperson for the Chicago Police Department told ET earlier this week that Smollett told detectives late Tuesday afternoon in a follow-up interview that his two attackers yelled, "MAGA country" to him during the attack, referring to Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan.
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Police told ABC News that Smollett was seen on camera walking into an apartment with a rope around his neck and "wearing it like a necktie" before calling cops from inside the building.
From there, Howard described Smollett's personality as one that is always trying to lift people up when they're down, adding to the injustice as to how such an innocent man could be "attacked by a bunch of hyenas".
According to another tweet from Elgas, "Smollett requested responding Chicago police officers turn off their body cameras as they arrived to take his report".
"I can tell you that it's frightful". The FBI has declined to comment on the investigation.
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Howard states that the cast learned about what happened on set, saying that their jaws dropped when they heard the news.
Police say they've reviewed hours of footage, and that many cameras are present in the area they've been searching.
In addition to his acting career, Smollett has a music career and is a noted activist, particularly on LBGTQ issues.
Though police haven't been able to find any videos of the actual attack, they have found pictures of "persons of interest". Smollett's representative said his concert scheduled for Saturday in Los Angeles will go on as planned. In one of the best-known examples of the department's use of the cameras, investigators in 2009 were able to recreate a school board president's 20-minute drive through the city, singling out his vehicle on a succession of surveillance cameras to help them determine that he committed suicide and had not been followed and killed by someone else, as his friends speculated.
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