Empire star Jussie Smollett did not initially want to report the alleged homophobic and racist attack he suffered last week in Chicago, according to an initial police incident report. It took a friend to convince it was necessary.
ABC7 Eyewitness News in Chicago obtained the report via a FOIA request, and shared it with several reporters. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a 60-year-old friend of Smollett said he “did not want to report” the offense, but “believed it to be in the best interest” to do so. The report also states that police found him at his home with a stained shirt and a rope around his neck.
The report also states the attackers seemed to have targeted the 36-year-old Smollett. They reportedly got his attention initially by yelling, “Empire f—ot n—er.” (Smollett plays a gay musician named Jamal Lyon on the Fox show and is gay himself.) He reportedly did not notice any distinguishing features, and adds that one of the attackers was wearing a mask.
The assailants reportedly hit him “about the face with their hands” and poured a chemical substance on him, before putting a noose around his neck. The attack happened around 2 a.m. last Tuesday when he left a Subway restaurant.
Police are reportedly reviewing hundreds of hours of surveillance footage, but have not yet found video of the attack itself.