Empire' star Jussie Smollett assaulted in 'possible' homophobic Attact ,

In a press release sent to USA TODAY, Guglielmi said the attack is being investigated as a hate crime.

"Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline," the press release stated. "The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to www.cpdtip.com."

Late Tuesday, Guglielmi released a statement saying, "As of 10 p.m. Tuesday, detectives canvassed and reviewed hundreds of hours of video and have now expanded the search area." He added that no video of the alleged assailants or their vehicle had yet been found. 

According to police, Smollett was walking early Tuesday when two unknown offenders approached him and started yelling "racial and homophobic slurs." The assailants then used their hands to batter the victim and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. One wrapped a rope around Smollett's neck.

Smollett then transported himself to Northwestern Hospital, according to police. He is in good condition.

20th Century Fox Television, which produces "Empire," and Fox Entertainment, which airs it, commented on the incident In a statement to USA TODAY Tuesday. 

"We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our 'Empire' family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice," the statement read. "The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate – and especially against one of our own."