Smollett was reportedly attacked by two people who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs”. It is also being reported that an unknown chemical substance was poured on him.
It gets worse ….. according to police account of the incident, one of Smollett’s alleged attackers also put a rope around his neck; sounds like the early nineteenth century right. The unfortunate this is that it’s not. Smollett told TMZ that his attackers chanted #Maga so it’s quite obvious what the motivation was.
Smollett stars on Fox’s “Empire” since 2015. He plays Jamal, an openly gay, successful singer in the musical Lyon family.
His “Empire” family released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last-night. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”
A representative for GLAAD told CNN the organization has reached out Smollett to offer assistance and support.
“Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world,” a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement.
Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.
Apparenty there’s is no footage from the scene that can assist police with identifying the assailants but there is apparently a full fledged investigation afoot.