Empire actor Jussie Smollett was attacked by ski-masked 2 men last week, leaving him hurt and bruised. The attack is now undergoing investigation by the police to determine whether it’s a hate crime or not.
Smollett , who’s black and openly gay, told officers that he was accosted while walking to his apartment by two men who called him an “Empire f—-t [n-word].” Smollett said the man beat him and poured an ‘unknown chemical substance’ on him, staining his clothes. Report said that when officers arrived, Smollett had a white rope draped around his neck.
After the attack, many celebrities tweeted their sympathy. A number of celebrities have taken on social media to send well wishes for Smollett; while some express their confusion, shock and anger about the attack. Celebrities such as Tracee Ellis Ross, Mary J.Blige, Kelly Rowland, Michael B. Jordan , John Legend and many more have sent their love and hope for rapid recovery for Jussie. Some of them also shared their disappointment in the racist, sexist and homophobic society.
Now Jussie is already out of the hospital and back to work with his Empire family. Smollett stated that he is okay, “ My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words. Despite my frustration and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentation that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.”
Police are now reviewing the surveillance cameras and we hope the attackers will soon be found out.
Writer: Ervina Michelle Liem
Editor: Olivia Elena Hakim