The police began to question them, said Chicago spokesman Anthony Gullielmi.
The star of Empire told the authorities that he was attacked in the beginning of January 29 by two men who shouted "racial and homophobic insults." Smollett claims that an assailant has put a rope around his neck and poured an unknown chemical on it before he escapes.
"These people are not yet suspected, but they were in the concern area and questioned" Thursday in a tweed. "The investigation continues."
"People who are interested are supposed to be in the area where crime was reported," Gullielmi said in a subsequent tweed. "They are not considered suspects at the moment, as they are currently being questioned by detectives."
Smollett gave his first detailed account of the attack on Good Morning America on Thursday morning, saying it was "forever changed" by him.
The 36-year-old said he was on the phone with his manager and crossed the junction when he heard someone say," Empire! "
When he did not answer -" My name is not "Empire," said Smolett, "he said he had heard someone crying for racial dirt. "So I turned around and said," What I told you just told me, "and I see the assailant is masked," Smilet said, looking emotional. "He said," This MAGA party n **** r "and he hit me in the face, so I hit my back. "
Ryan Young of CNN from Chicago while Dakin Andon reports and writes this story from Atlanta. Lisa Reply of France and Sandra Gonzalez contributed to this report.