Empire star Jussie Smollett was the victim of an apparent hate crime after he was brutally attacked by two men late Monday night in Chicago.
Smollett was walking alone when two white men wearing ski masks reportedly began yelling homophobic and racist slurs towards the openly-gay actor, who also famously plays a gay character on the hit FOX series Empire. According to a statement released by Chicago Police Department, the two men attacked Smollett and "poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim." TMZ reports that although Smollett attempted to fight back, the men fractured Smollett's rib and tied a noose around his neck, yelling, "This is MAGA country," and fled the scene.
Chicago Police Department just sent out this statement re:
Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/DxQswZn8xd
- philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 29, 2019
Smollett was transported to Chicago's Northwestern Hospital, where he was treated and discharged early Tuesday morning. According to TheGrapeJuice.net, the attack could be linked to a threatening fan letter Smollett reportedly received sometime last week that reads, "Jussie Smollet You will die black f*g."
Several of Smollett's peers and fans showered the actor with love and support in the wake of the horrific attack, including Empire screenwriter Eric Haywood, Zendaya, Vivica A. Fox, and more.
I will burn your fucking house down to protect @JussieSmollett.
Write that shit down.
- Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) January 29, 2019
- Zendaya (@Zendaya) 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
- Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) January 29, 2019
I’m really horrified and enraged by the details around Jussie Smollett being brutalized by white supremacists. I love a lot of folks that love him and have been touched by him, I’m also truly sorry just as another Black gay man, and really, as another human. This is unacceptable.
- Myles E. Johnson (@hausmuva) January 29, 2019
To my brother @JussieSmollett I’m praying for your strength not only physically but that spiritually and mentally you recover from this tragedy. You are a King. 🙏🏾
- Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) January 29, 2019
There isn't a middle ground, there isn't a "difference of opinion," a question of faith, or some notion of compassionate acceptance. There is an unreserved affirmation of each person's worth and right to exist freely, or there is this. https://t.co/6AN6yntGMQ
- R. Eric Thomas (@oureric) January 29, 2019
I am shaking. I am angry. I am so hurt for you my friend @JussieSmollett. Prayers for your speedy recovery and swift justice for the rotting human flesh carcasses who did this to you. I love you. Story here: https://t.co/H4Ipvci2Vz pic.twitter.com/Vfc5kxlBCq
- Robin Thede (@robinthede) January 29, 2019
*Sending prayers up for you brother @JussieSmollett What was done to you is unacceptable.
- Tichina Arnold (@TichinaArnold) January 29, 2019
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