Celebrities Are Rallying Around Actor Jussie Smollett After He Was Attacked In A Suspected Hate Crime

The Empire star was assaulted by two men yelling 'racial and homophobic slurs'.

Actor Jussie Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in the hit TV show Empire, was attacked and beaten yesterday in what police suspect was a hate crime.

Late on Monday night, Jussie arrived in Chicago (where the show is shot) and headed out at around 2am for food. He was approached by two men in ski masks who shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him before beating him, pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on him and wrapping a rope around his neck.

The actor took himself to the nearest hospital, where police say he is in good condition, and that the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime.

TMZ reported that the attackers shouted “This is MAGA country” as they fled the scene – ‘MAGA’ stands for ‘Make America Great Again’, Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign slogan.

The cast and crew of Empire have shared their support for Jussie following the attack, with co-creator Lee Daniels posting an emotional video saying:

Jussie, you are my son. You didn’t deserve nor anybody deservers to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you, to be called ‘f****t n***a’ or whatever they said to you. You are better than that. We are better than that.

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We got this @jussiesmollett ?????

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Other celebrities to pay tribute to Jussie include John Legend, Janet Jackson, Naomi Campbell, and Cher:

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THIS HATE CRIME against our brother @jussiesmollett is proof that no matter how famous you may be it still does not protect you from vicious racist homophobes !! AND It is still a risk daily to be a BLACK , OUT , and PROUD human being . I am sending so much love to you Jussie . Praying for your healing . Thank you for being such an inspiration to me & soooooo mannnnny people . Thank you for inspiring us to walk in our truth . Thank you for choosing freedom over fear . I will continue to walk BOLD , BLACK , & PROUD in your honor always . ?? With love from your bi/pan/free ass mothafucka sis This pic is of me thanking him for sending flowers after the RS article (which gave me great anxiety btw). What a kind kind kind soul .

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Jussie came out as gay on Ellen DeGeneres’ TV show in 2015, after his character on Empire had a coming out storyline. He said: “There is, without a doubt, no closet that I’ve ever been in and I just wanted to make that clear.”

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