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Celebrities give outpouring of love and support for actor Jussie Smollett

Celebrities give outpouring of love and support for actor Jussie Smollett

Jussie Smollett on Empire

Celebrities and other notable figures are sending an outpouring of love and support for gay actor Jussie Smollett after an apparent hate crime.

Police confirmed on Tuesday (29 January) that Smollett required hospital treatment after an attack in Chicago. Two white men allegedly harassed and attacked Smollett in the early hours this morning. They also hurled homophobic and racist insults.

They also allegedly put a noose around the actor’s neck and poured an ‘unknown chemical substance’ on him.

He has since been discharged is reportedly in ‘good condition’.

‘We send our love’

Smollett appears on the Fox television series Empire.

The network released the following statement about the actor and what happened:

‘We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.’

‘It starts at home’

Several of Smollet’s cast and crew from Empire sent messages to him on social media.

Co-creatoe Lee Daniels posted a video addressed to Smollet on Instagram.

‘Jussie, you are my son,’ he began. ‘You didn’t deserve, nor anybody deserves, to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you, or to be called “Die, faggot, nigger,” or whatever they said to you. You are better than that. We are better than that. America is better than that. It starts at home, yo.

‘We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are, because it shows that we are united on [a] united front. And no racist fuck can come in and do the things that they did to you. Hold your head up, Jussie.’

The other co-creator, Danny Strong, described Smollett as ‘a kind and profoundly talented soul’.

Empire director and writer Eric Haywood wrote he would ‘burn your fucking house down’ to protect Smollett.

Several other celebrities, both LGBTI and otherwise, tweeted support.

Organizations like the ACLU, the Trevor Project, GLAAD, and more also tweeted.

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