Chicago Police say they will proceed with charges against Smollett if it turns out that he has made a false report about an alleged homophobic attack, according to a tweet from Fox 32 Chicago reporter Rafer Weigel:
— Rafer Weigel (@RaferWeigel) February 5, 2019
Meantime, as the investigation continues police have reportedly identified the type of rope used in the attack. Smollett told police that a rope was placed around his neck during an ordeal.
Police said the rope is similar to rope sold to be used as a clothes line. Investigators are in the process of reviewing surveillance video from those stores for possible clues.
He told police that two men dressed in black got his attention by mentioning the name of the TV show as he walked downtown early on Jan. 29.
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