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Actors, artists and journalists alike are joining together to send well wishes to Jussie and are demanding the violence must end.
Fox’s Empire star, Jussie Smollett was hospitalized and later released after a brutal attack in Chicago. The actor was reportedly attacked by two men, on the subway who yelled Aren’t you that fa**ot “Empire” n*****?” . They put a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him and said he was an intruder of “MAGA country.” The men were both white and wearing ski-masks. The assault also left him with a fractured rib.
The scariest part is that TMZ is reporting that it was premeditated and racially motivated. The attackers previously sent a letter to Fox’s Chicago studio, that read “You will die black f**.” The men currently remain at large, and Chicago PD are treating this as a possible hate crime. Take a look at the post below from the well wishes via Instagram from his Empire costar Serayah and more:
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Sending up prayers for @jussiesmollett . Discrimination of ANY kind should not be tolerated, and will NOT be tolerated. Don’t call this an “attack” this was a HATE CRIME. And we must stand not only with him but all victims. Yall president got people out here acting a DAMN fool, and it needs to stop NOW! Praying for a speedy recovery and justice.