Celebrities React To Jussie Smollett's Homophobic, Racist Attack

By Peyton Blakemore

January 29, 2019

Jussie Smollett is receiving an outport of love and support from fans and fellow celebrities after being attacked in an alleged hate crime early Tuesday (January 29) morning.

As previously reported, the 35-year-old Empire star was brutally attacked in Chicago around 2 AM by two men wearing ski masks, TMZ reports . Jussie had just arrived to the city from New York and made a late-night run to a Subway when someone yelled: "Aren't you that f**got 'Empire' n**ga?" The two attackers, who have been identified as white males, then proceeded to jump the actor. While he fought back, Jussie was ultimately overtaken by the men. During the attack, the suspects also reportedly put a rope around Jussie's neck, poured bleach on him and yelled "This is MAGA country." Jussie rib's were fractured and he was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment, but has since been released.

Sources told TMZ that the actor had received a disturbing letter, which read: "You will die f**," eight days prior to the attack. Law enforcement sources told the gossip site that the Chicago PD is investigating the incident as a battery and potentially treating the incident as a possible hate crime. "Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime," Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. "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."

Following news of Jussie's attack, stars from near and far sent messages of support to Jussie. Read some of their reactions below:

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Sending @jussiesmollett all of my love and support today and every day. No one can dim your light. 💫❤️❤️❤️ To all of my fans I beg of you... speak up..be courageous ..if you hear hateful language ...racist language ..homophobic language ...please be the warriors I need you to be. The world needs you to be. Scream from the rooftops get loud..stand for something ...stand for LOVE. These punks ...these haters ...who are filled with fear and insecurity who continue to spread hate and violence in the name of this administration must be called out at every turn. What kind of person do you want to be? Someone who has something to say and fights for the human race who believes in their personal power? Or a follower with no conviction no opinion and filled with fear yourself. Ask yourself who do I want to be? Haters are really not what’s up. ❤️🙏🏼

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