Jussie Smollett Attacked in Chicago



Asia Arce, Entertainment Editor

Actor Jussie Smollet was attacked Tuesday morning in Chicago in what may be an act of a hate crime. Chicago police are reporting that Smollet took his own self to Northwestern Hospital after being approached by two men who yelled out homophobic and racial slurs towards him.

They then proceeded to tie a rope around his neck and, “poured an unknown chemical substance” on him, before finally fleeing the scene. In a private conversation between Smollet and CNN’s Don Lemon, the “Empire” star reported that his condition is fine and that he did try to fight back against his perpetrators.

Smollet is known for playing Jamal on the hit show, “Empire”. His character is an openly gay singer, much like the actor himself, apart of his family’s music label.

In response to his attack, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment issued out 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.”

On social media, Smollett is receiving a lot of support and praise. John Legend, Zendaya, Matt Bomer, and Vivica A. Fox are just a few names who have reached out to Smollett and expressed their anger and disgust towards what happened to him.

Those who happen to be big fans of the show have continually posted pictures of the actor with a few words. More specifically, Smollet’s photoshoot with the “NO H8” Campaign. The “NO H8” Campaign is an organization that aims for the equal treatment regardless of sexual orientation or gender.

In regard to his attack, the police are working with civilians in asking them to contact them with anymore details they may have.