Jussie Smollett Gets Support From Janet Jackson, ‘Empire’ Castmates & More After Attack


After Jussie Smollett, star of the Fox musical drama Empire, was attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning (Jan. 29) in a doable hate crime, his well-known mates and admirers took to social media to lend assist.

Smollett’s two assailants, who had been allegedly carrying ski masks and Make America Great Again hats, approached the overtly homosexual actor whereas yelling racial and homophobic slurs together with "Aren't you that faggot Empire n—-r?" The pair of unidentified white males then proceeded to wrap a noose round Smollett’s neck whereas pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on him. According to a report by TMZ, Smollett sustained a fractured rib within the altercation as he fought again and the 2 unidentified males yelled “This is MAGA nation!” earlier than fleeing the scene.

In the wake of the assault, celebrities and followers alike have turned to social media to precise their outrage, unhappiness and assist for Smollett. Janet Jackson, Viola Davis, Matt Bomer and Andy Cohen, plus Empire co-creator Lee Daniels and Empire co-stars Serayah and AzMarie Livingston, all shared their love for Smollett and shock on the information. Shonda Rhimes, Dan Levy, Ella Mai and LGBTQ+ activist Raymond Braun additionally shared their assist for the actor.

Take a take a look at a number of the reactions beneath:


I am praying for my friend my brother my family @jussiesmollett . Im at a loss for words as to why any person would want to commit such a hate crime on him but then I realize his beautiful mind, passion for whats right, courage, strength, & activism can put fear in many when they see his power to move people! It hurts me deeply, tears fill my eyes bc I can be that person involved in a hate crime. In my teenage years I was that person. It happens to too many in our community and you won’t hear about every one of them. To my people my lgbt family –️‍– do not allow hate to fill your hearts at this time but also don’t hide in a shell bc of fear for being yourself. Jussie i love you & wish you a speedy recovery & receive so much love to heal any other pain. —-❤️ —————— Fuk’d Up World – Jussie Smollet #staystrong #lgbt #love #healing #justice #blacklivesmatter #Change #yeswecan #lovewins #jussiesmollett #freedom #glaad

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