Persons Of Interest In Alleged Jussie Smollett Attack Affiliated With ‘Empire’ | NBC Nightly News


NBC’S MIGUEL ALMAGUER HAS THE LATEST. LATEST.>>Reporter: TONIGHT CHICAGO>>Reporter: TONIGHT CHICAGO POLICE SAY THE TWO MEN IN THIS POLICE SAY THE TWO MEN IN THIS PHOTO WHO ACTOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT PHOTO WHO ACTOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT ATTACKED HIM ARE AFFILIATED WITH ATTACKED HIM ARE AFFILIATED WITH HIS SHOW “EMPIRE.” HIS SHOW “EMPIRE.” THE DRAMATIC NEW TWIST COMES THE DRAMATIC NEW TWIST COMES AFTER SMOLLETT SAID THIS ON ABC AFTER SMOLLETT SAID THIS ON ABC THIS MORNING. THIS MORNING.>>FOR ME, WHEN THAT WAS>>FOR ME, WHEN THAT WAS RELEASED I WAS LIKE, OKAY, WE’RE RELEASED I WAS LIKE, OKAY, WE’RE GETTING SOMEWHERE. GETTING SOMEWHERE. I DON’T HAVE ANY DOUBT IN MY I DON’T HAVE ANY DOUBT IN MY MIND THAT THAT’S THEM, NEVER MIND THAT THAT’S THEM, NEVER DID. DID.>>Reporter: BOTH MEN, WHO HAD>>Reporter: BOTH MEN, WHO HAD EARLIER BEEN CALLED PEOPLE OF EARLIER BEEN CALLED PEOPLE OF INTEREST, HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED INTEREST, HAVE BEEN QUESTIONED BY DETECTIVES BUT ARE NOT BY DETECTIVES BUT ARE NOT CONSIDERED SUSPECTS. CONSIDERED SUSPECTS. ♪ ♪ AS SMOLLETT BEGINS TO MAKE AS SMOLLETT BEGINS TO MAKE PUBLIC APPEARANCES, QUESTIONS PUBLIC APPEARANCES, QUESTIONS ARE SWIRLING OVER THE ACTOR’S ARE SWIRLING OVER THE ACTOR’S ACCOUNT OF THE ALLEGED RACIST ACCOUNT OF THE ALLEGED RACIST AND HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK, STILL NOT AND HOMOPHOBIC ATTACK, STILL NOT VERIFIED BY POLICE. VERIFIED BY POLICE. THE “CHICAGO TRIBUNE” IS THE “CHICAGO TRIBUNE” IS REPORTING BOTH MEN QUESTIONED REPORTING BOTH MEN QUESTIONED TODAY ARE BLACK. TODAY ARE BLACK.>>HE SAID, THIS MAGA COUNTRY>>HE SAID, THIS MAGA COUNTRY [ BLEEP ], PUNCHES ME RIGHT IN [ BLEEP ], PUNCHES ME RIGHT IN THE FACE. THE FACE. SO I PUNCHED HIS ASS BACK. SO I PUNCHED HIS ASS BACK.>>DETECTIVES SAY THEY’VE>>DETECTIVES SAY THEY’VE REVIEWED HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF REVIEWED HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AND HAVE NOT SURVEILLANCE VIDEO AND HAVE NOT FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF THE FOUND ANY EVIDENCE OF THE ATTACK. ATTACK. INVESTIGATORS CALL SMALLETT AN INVESTIGATORS CALL SMALLETT AN ALLEGED VICTIM WHO THEY STILL ALLEGED VICTIM WHO THEY STILL HAVE QUESTIONS FOR. HAVE QUESTIONS FOR. SMOLLETT TOLD POLICE HE WAS ON SMOLLETT TOLD POLICE HE WAS ON THE PHONE WITH HIS MANAGER THE PHONE WITH HIS MANAGER DURING THE ATTACK. DURING THE ATTACK. INVESTIGATORS SAY HE WOULD ONLY INVESTIGATORS SAY HE WOULD ONLY HAND OVER A PHOTO OF A HEAVILY HAND OVER A PHOTO OF A HEAVILY REDACTED CALL LOG. REDACTED CALL LOG.>>THEY WANTED ME TO GIVE MY>>THEY WANTED ME TO GIVE MY PHONE TO THE TECH FOR THREE TO PHONE TO THE TECH FOR THREE TO FOUR HOURS. FOUR HOURS. I’M SORRY. I’M SORRY. BUT — I’M NOT GOING TO DO THAT. BUT — I’M NOT GOING TO DO THAT. I HAVE PRIVATE PICTURES AND I HAVE PRIVATE PICTURES AND VIDEOS AND NUMBERS. VIDEOS AND NUMBERS.>>Reporter: TONIGHT SMOLLETT>>Reporter: TONIGHT SMOLLETT STANDS BY HIS STORY, WHILE STANDS BY HIS STORY, WHILE POLICE ARE CLOSER TO CLOSING

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