“Empire” celebrity Jussie Smollett was hospitalized very early Tuesday adhering to an attack in Chicago in what is described as a likely hate criminal offense, Variety has complete.
According to a declaration launched by the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was defeated by 2 males that approached him by screaming out “racial and also homophobic slurs” at around 2 a.m. Tuesday early morning in the 300 block of E. North Water Road. They continued to attack Smollett as well as “poured an unknown chemical substance” on him.
The two men are likewise said to have actually placed a rope around Smollett’s neck before leaving on foot. Smollett then carried himself to a location hospital as well as is described as being in “good condition.”
Chicago PD’s chief interactions police officer Anthony Gugliemi introduced on Twitter Tuesday night that investigators had “broadened the search area for cams to be able to supply pictures of the claimed foes in this assault.” He added that no video of the supposed assailants or their vehicle had yet been found.
Smollett was in Chicago advance of a performance he was set to perform on Saturday. He had uploaded on Instagram late Monday night claiming he had actually gotten here in the city “after investing 7 hrs. on an airplane for a 2-hour flight.” According to TMZ, Smollett had actually pursued food after touchdown when the attack occurred.
“We are deeply saddened and annoyed to find out that a participant of our ‘Empire’ household, Jussie Smollett, was viciously assaulted last evening,” 20th Century Fox Tv as well as Fox Amusement said in a statement. “We send our love to Jussie, that is durable and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The whole workshop, network as well as manufacturing stands unified when faced with any type of despicable act of violence and also hate – and also particularly against among our own.”
GLAAD additionally released a declaration on the occurrence, stating, “GLAAD connected to Fox and also Jussie’s group today to use assistance in addition to assistance for him. Jussie is a true champ for LGBTQ individuals as well as is precious by the neighborhood and allies worldwide.”
SAG-AFTRA called the attack “a ferocious and also terrible criminal activity that cannot be endured.”
“We have actually spoken with Mr. Smollett’s representatives as well as FOX executives to supply our support and also have actually sent out a SAG-AFTRA rep to the ‘Empire’ set to help any one of our participants who may remain in distress,” the union said in a statement. “We advise the Chicago authorities to relocate quickly to recognize, apprehend and also prosecute Mr. Smollett’s assailants and if suitable, to refer the case for prosecution under government hate criminal offense laws. We stand with Jussie Smollett, LGBTQ individuals and also all marginalized communities in denying intolerance and brutality. An assault on one is an attack on all.”
Smollett received go crazy testimonials for his breakout function as Jamal Lyon on “Empire.” The character openly came out as gay during the program’s record-breaking initial season. Smollett himself came out throughout an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2015.
“I am disgusted and also saddened by the assault on Jussie, among the best as well as most authentic individuals I have worked with,” “Empire” executive producer Brian Grazer stated in a declaration. “I send him much love on his healing. Dislike as well as bigotry have no place in our society.”
ABC News described Tuesday that an earlier threat had been made in message form to Smollett. Investigation of the case has now been given over to the FBI.