Empire Actor Jussie Smollett Attacked In Chicago. Police says it could be a hate crime. Investigators says it all started when 2 individuals yelled out racial and homophobic slurs. They began to beat him up and poured a chemical substance to his body. But it get worse. Investigators says one of the offenders wrapped a rope around his neck.
Back in 2016, Jussie Smollett spoke openly about being gay in Hollywood, saying,
“I get tired of the idea of someone telling me what my truth is. I’ve said from beginning of my journey i do not hide who i am. I love who i love. No one is going to tell me that somehow that is going to be my disability”.
“I am told so many times that i shouldN’T walk truly in my blackness. That I should not walk truly in my sexuality, i should not walk truly in who i am. I say thanks but no thanks. I honestly think that me being myself has actually helped my career move forward. Jussie Smollett in attitude magazine.
Chicago police havn’t released as many details. They says they are investigating this as a possible hate crime. They are looking for two suspects who were apparently wearing ” Make America Great Hats“, although that has not yet been officially confirmed. There’s been no detail description on the suspects. This happened around 2:00 A.M. in downtown Chicago. Investigators says the victim was able to walk himself to a local hospital where we are told he is in good and stable condition.
What Police Says about Possible Hate Crime Against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett
Investigators are currently working to collect video evidences, 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.
Public Reactions on the incident.
Not here for your hate. Not here for your ignorance.
I STAND WITH JUSSIE SMOLLETT
— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) January 30, 2019
Sending prayers your way @jussiesmollett ….This is unbelievably sad. Why are we going backwards….this is disgusting. We as people have to do better. WTF is going on the world???? Why… https://t.co/G6vCnKPEhf
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) January 30, 2019
The racist, homophobic attack on @JussieSmollett is an affront to our humanity. No one should be attacked for who they are or whom they love. I pray that Jussie has a speedy recovery & that justice is served. May we all commit to ending this hate once & for all.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) January 30, 2019
@JussieSmollett I am saddened and my heart breaks to hear what happened to you. I live in Chicago and I am embarrassed . I am praying that you are okay and that @Chicago_Police find who did this to you. We need to stop the hate -this is disgusting
— Meeshybear (@Meesh70310075) January 30, 2019
What happened today to @JussieSmollett must never be tolerated in this country. We must stand up and demand that we no longer give this hate safe harbor; that homophobia and racism have no place on our streets or in our hearts. We are with you, Jussie. https://t.co/o8ilPu68CM
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 30, 2019
SO NO WITNESSES. A COUPLE WHITE SUPREMACISTS JUST WALKING AROUND CHICAGO AT 2 AM WITH A NOOSE AND BLEACH WHEN IT’S 10 BELOW ZERO? SURE, I BUY THAT – NOT – ‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Told Police His Attackers Yelled ‘MAGA Country’ https://t.co/M0xLxm2L26 via @BreitbartNews
— Bill Mitchell (@mitchellvii) January 30, 2019
— Best of Quincy (@bestofquincy) January 30, 2019
I’ve been trying to figure out all day what to say about the racist, homophobic, violence against @JussieSmollett.
Not sure I can describe what I’m feeling in a neat & tidy tweet. His trauma deserves more.
I’m sad. Living together on the planet shouldn’t be this difficult.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) January 30, 2019
The horrific attack on Jussie Smollett has no place in a decent human loving society. Homophobia existed before Trump, but there is no question that since he has injected his hatred into the American bloodstream, we are less decent,less human,& less loving. No intolerance! No DT!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) January 30, 2019