Celebrities and advocacy teams on Tuesday provided an outpouring of assist for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, who was hospitalized that morning for accidents from what police have referred to as a potential hate crime in Chicago.
In keeping with Chicago police, two males yelled racist and homophobic slurs at Smollett earlier than beating him and pouring “an unknown chemical substance” on him. One of many males put a rope round Smollett’s neck.
Police referred to the incident as a “potential racially-charged assault and battery” and are investigating it as “a potential hate crime.”
20th Century Fox Tv, the community which airs “Empire,” condemned the “despicable act of violence and hate,” and referred to as Smollett “resilient and robust.”
“We’re deeply saddened and outraged to study member of our EMPIRE household, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked final evening,” the community mentioned in a press release. “We ship our like to Jussie, who’s resilient and robust, and we are going to work with regulation enforcement to convey these perpetrators to justice. The complete studio, community and manufacturing stands united within the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and particularly towards one in all our personal.”
A number of of Smollett’s colleagues on the present provided phrases of sympathy and assist on Twitter, together with visitor star Vivica A. Fox.
“Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels addressed Smollett straight in an emotional Instagram video.
“Jussie, you’re my son,” Daniels mentioned. “You didn’t deserve, nor anyone deserves, to have a noose put round your neck, to have bleach thrown on you, or to be referred to as ‘Die, faggot, nigger,’ or no matter they mentioned to you. You’re higher than that. We’re higher than that. America is best than that. It begins at residence, yo. Now we have to like one another no matter what sexual orientation we’re, as a result of it reveals that we’re united on [a] united entrance. And no racist fuck can are available and do the issues that they did to you. Maintain your head up, Jussie.”
Co-creator Danny Robust referred to as Smollett “a form and profoundly proficient soul,” and referred to as the perpetrators “nothing however hate crammed cowards.”
“Empire” author and director Eric Haywood tweeted: “I’ll burn your fucking home down to guard [Smollett]. Write that shit down.”
Smollett, who performs the brazenly homosexual character Jamal Lyon on the present, got here out as homosexual in 2015 on “The Ellen DeGeneres Present.”
“Jussie is a real champion for LGBTQ individuals and is beloved by the group and allies world wide,” GLAAD, the LGBTQ advocacy group, mentioned in a press release.
Different celebrities expressed their anger in regards to the assault and provided Smollett and his household assist.
This story has been up to date with a press release from 20th Century Fox and Lee Daniels’ response.