Police still seek video

of attack on Smollett

Detectives reviewed surveillance footage of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett walking to his downtown Chicago apartment, but so far none of the video shows him being attacked by two masked men, although investigators have obtained images of people they would like to question, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said investigators "for the most part" can confirm the route Smollett took early Tuesday when he says he was attacked along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood after visiting a sandwich shop. However, there are gaps, and none of the footage shows an attack, he said, although the review is ongoing.

Smollett, who is black and gay and plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox television show, said the men beat him, subjected him to racist and homophobic insults, threw an "unknown chemical substance" on him and put a thin rope around his neck before fleeing.

Guglielmi said detectives, who are investigating the allegations as a possible hate crime, have looked at hundreds of hours of surveillance video from businesses and hotels in the heavily monitored area. But he said they still need to collect and view more. 

 

Harvard theater group

to honor Ventimiglia

Milo Ventimiglia, who stars as Jack Pearson in the award-winning hit television drama "This is Us," was named 2019 Man of the Year Wednesday by Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

Ventimiglia was selected because he has made "significant impressions on television and film," the oldest theatrical organization in the U.S. said in a statement.

It also didn't hurt that he played heartthrob Jess Mariano on the television show "Gilmore Girls" from 2001 to 2006.

Bryce Dallas Howard was named Hasty Pudding's Woman of the Year on Tuesday.