"Let me start by saying that I'm OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words.
I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.
As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It's all I know. And that can't be kicked out of me."
Original Story 1/29/18 12:50 p.m.: Empire actor Jussie Smollet was hospitalized on Tuesday morning around 2 a.m. after being assaulted in Chicago, which the police are investigating as a "possible hate crime."
The Chicago Police Department released a statement saying Jussie was attacked and beaten by two people who were yelling "racial and homophobic slurs." The statement also described how the two people "poured and unknown chemical substance on the victim" and "wrapped a rope around the victims neck."
Chicago Police Department just sent out this statement re:- philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 29, 2019
Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/DxQswZn8xd
TMZ is reporting the two people shouted, "This is MAGA country" during the attack, and it's possibly connected to a note Fox Studios received eight days ago that was addressed to Jussie and said, "You will die black f*g."
After the assault, Jussie took himself to Northwestern Memorial where he was later discharged and deemed in "good condition."
Once the news broke, celebrities and his 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment family showed an outpouring of support for Jussie:
Statement from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment: pic.twitter.com/tlpw7saMul- Brendon Geoffrion (@tv_brendon) January 29, 2019
what happened to jussie makes me really fucking sick to my stomach. i can’t believe shit like this is really still happening everyday. what kind of world ? sending all of the healing energy / love i possibly can and hoping for change. what can we do ? tell me & i’m there.- Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) January 29, 2019
Regardless of who you voted for or what party you support, this should sicken and enrage you. https://t.co/vLo76YdqIy- Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings) January 29, 2019
I'm just now hearing the news about the senseless hate attack on my #EMPiRE Nephew @JussieSmollett IM SO ANGRY AND HURT ABOUT THIS! THIS MUST STOP!! SPREAD LOVE NOT HATE! PRAYERS UP TO U NEPHEW! 😢😢🙇🏾♀️🙇🏾♀️ pic.twitter.com/p4GqfNW3An- Vivica A. Fox (@MsVivicaFox) January 29, 2019
god bless jussie may he have all the support he needs healing from this.- Kehlani (@Kehlani) January 29, 2019
hella speechless. no words.
Hard to focus on anything but anger. So much love for Jussie. 💔- Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) January 29, 2019
DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett.- kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 29, 2019
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