Jussie Smollett, known of his work in Fox-TV’s Empire, was attached Tuesday morning in Chicago.
The suspects tied a rope around Jussie Smollett’s neck
36-year old Jussie Smollett was attacked Tuesday morning when the actor was exiting a restaurant.
It began when two suspects began yelling racial and homophobic slurs towards him. They proceeded to attack Smolett, punching him before pouring an unknown chemical substance over him, police said. At some point during the attack, one of the suspects wrapped a rope around his neck. A statement released by Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi read:
“Overnight, the Chicago Police Department received a report of a possible racially-charged assault and battery involving a cast member of the television show Empire. Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime. Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline. 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.”
Jussie might have been targeted
The offenders yelled “This is MAGA country” as they fled after the assault. Sadly, that isn’t the only disturbing part of this. Website ThatGrapeJuice.Net posted this letter which was sent to Smollett’s workplace in Chicago with cut out letters spelling, You will die black f***. Sources say the letter was sent 8 days ago. The envelope appears to have MAGA written in the upper left corner. Chicago PD say they are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, and they are canvasing the area for any video.
Jussie Smollett – a true champion
He is “a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world,” in a statement from GLAAD. Empire co-creator Danny Strong said, “I’m deeply horrified and saddened by the racist and homophobic attacks against (Jussie Smollett). He is a kind and profoundly talented soul whom I respect with all my heart. The terror of racism and homophobia has no place in our society, it is the most indecent way to live. Whoever did this, do not forget that you are nothing but hate-filled cowards while Jussie’s talent and activism will continue to shine a bright light on to the world for decades to come.”
Love for Smollett spreads on social media
Our hearts are with @JussieSmollett today. This attack must be investigated thoroughly. According to @antiviolence, the severity of hate violence against LGBTQ people is increasing: https://t.co/hN0yNJEmov https://t.co/acWmjzBBzW
— GLAAD (@glaad) January 29, 2019
Sending love to Jussie and his loved ones. 🙏🏽
The hate that fuels white supremacy is the same hate that fuels homophobia. A conscientious society realizes it’s at war with both. https://t.co/hXo56SRDYj
— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) January 29, 2019
I woke up this morning to the news that Jussie Smollett, was attacked in what investigators believe to be a hate crime, specifically against his sexuality and I am devastated! Queer people of color, especially trans people of color, fear for their lives daily!
— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) January 29, 2019