CHICAGO (CBS)– Potential new evidence has been found amid the investigation into the possible racially charged assault and battery against “Empire” cast member Jussie Smollett.

A half-empty hot sauce bottle with a clear liquid in it was recently found near the scene of the alleged attack in Streeterville and sources also said it smelled like bleach.

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This would corroborate what Smollett said about having a liquid chemical poured on him.

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The bottle was not found during early evidence searches, but discovered later by a newspaper reporter.

It is unclear if it’s related to the attack. Police turned it over to an FBI technical assistance team.

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Superintendent Eddie Johnson has said he has no reason to doubt Smollett’s story. But, Police say Smollett will be held accountable if the investigation reveals he filed a false report.