"Empire" Actor Jussie Smollett Hospitalized Following Racist Homophobic Attack by MAGA Supporters

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Jussie Smollett Reportedly Hospitalized in Chicago Following Homophobic Attack by MAGA Supporters

Horrifying news— Jussie Smollett is reportedly hospitalized in Chicago following a possible hate crime.

The Chicago Police Department released a statement concerning “a cast member of the television show, Empire” regarding an assault and battery incident.

According to TMZ, two white men in ski masks reportedly approached the 35-year-old actor late Monday, yelled out racial and homophobic slurs (“Aren’t you that f***** Empire n*****?”), then began to attack him with an unknown chemical substance.

Before fleeing the scene, one of the men wrapped a rope around Smollett’s neck, as if forming a noose. They then yelled, “This is MAGA country.”

Sources via ThatGrapeJuice.net also claim the Empire actor recently received a threatening letter in the mail with “You will die black f**,” written in disturbing ransom-style cutout letters.

TMZ confirmed Smollett received treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has since been released. He is currently in good condition.

We’ll keep you updated with more details as they arise.

Update: 1/29/2019, 1:50 p.m. ET:

Empire co-executive producer Danny Strong issued an official statement in response to the disgusting incident on Twitter. Thankfully, he called a thing a thing. This is racist and homophobic.

“The terror of racism and homophobia has no place in our society, it is the most indecent way to live,” Strong tweeted on Tuesday. “Whoever did this, do not forget that you are nothing but hate filled cowards while Jussie’s talent and activism will continue to shine a bright light on to the world for decades to come.”

Additionally, several celebrities have taken to social media to express their support, including Lena Waithe, Justin Simien and Kerry Washington.
And before anyone replies "TMZ! can't believe that crap!", here's the post straight from the Chicago Police Department:



Perhaps Alyssa Milano was right, as this is now being treated as a hate crime. But I digress; Very fine people, on both sides, indeed. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

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I think we should wait for police to do its job about this horrifying violent attack.

We have no record of The MAGA Country comment," said the police in a statement. "We have racial and homophobic comments documented."

https://reason.com/blog/2019/01/29/chicago-police-deny-claim-that-jussie-sm
Confirmed by the Chicago Police.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jussie-smollett-hospitalized-empire-actor-attacked-maga-hat-possible-hate-crime-chicago-2019-01-29/

More is coming.

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Two things:

1. The men* captured on surveillance footage are only wanted for questioning as "persons of interest," as they don't fit the description of the assailants.

2. The MAGA part detailed from Smollett refers to statements he alleges the assailant(s) made, not hats worn as some outlets are reporting.

* Edited to add: The men in the photos were actually walking on the other side of the street and in the opposite direction away from Smollett.
 
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This story is beginning to sound a little odd... the reporting has been accurate about what people have said, but the police seem a little reluctant to conclude what actually happened.
 
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Hope the peeps get caught and go to jail

That said if anyone HERE was assaulted as he was you can bet police response would NOT be anywhere what this man is getting , guy had a minor cut on his face IIRC
And at least a broken rib (some reports said three). Not to mention the psychological aspect.
 

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I remain skeptical until I see this video police claim to have.
The only video they have is of two people on the other side of the street walking in the direction away from Smollett. At this point I'd prefer CPD not release anymore statements unless it's a major break in the case. They issue a statement and then contradict it later -- sometimes just hours later.

Given the letters sent to FOX studios in Chicago and the perps not caught on video cams in the area, I think they stalked him and made sure they wouldn't be seen on cams. Celebs need to be more vigilant and not take security so lightly. I'm always surprised when celebs here in NYC walk around with no security.
 

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Did I read there's video surveillance of his guy walking into his apt building after said attack still holding the subway sandwich and salad? This whole thing seems odd to me.
 

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can the story be fake?
Jussie told people at his show on Saturday a rib was bruised.
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Did I read there's video surveillance of his guy walking into his apt building after said attack still holding the subway sandwich and salad? This whole thing seems odd to me.
I have seen the sandwich part, nothing on a salad.



An update from CWB Chicago.

Smollett case update: "Threat letter" mailed from SW suburbs; "persons of interest" pix released to appease "downtown"

A source close to the investigation revealed that the purported threat letter against Smollett that was received days before the alleged attack was mailed from Chicago’s southwest suburbs. The envelope was addressed to Smollett at the Empire production offices in Chicago and had “MAGA” scrawled in the return address space. A white powder in the letter is believed to be Tylenol, according to other media reports. The investigation into the letter’s origins is being quietly conducted by the FBI.

The two “potential persons of interest” seen in surveillance images released by Chicago police last week “are two bums,” according to a second source who is familiar with the investigation. “Downtown demanded that we put out something, so we issued the photos,” the source said. “They weren’t happy.”

Subpoenas have been issued to ensure that phone records from Smollett and his music manager are received. The two claim that they were speaking with each other at the time of the attack and the manager, Brandon Z. Moore, claims he clearly heard racist slurs and “MAGA country” being said.

Police have dismissed the claims of a woman who lives in Smollett’s building who reported seeing “rednecks” with rope in the area 90 minutes before the purported attack.

After a vigorous performance Saturday night at an LA club, Smollett said that—against his lawyer’s wishes—he wanted to straighten some things out about his story. Contrary to the original TMZ report that Smollett “fractured a rib,” the singer said after performing on Saturday that his rib had only been “bruised.” He also stated that, despite the same TMZ report, he was never hospitalized—merely treated and released. Smollett failed to make those clarifications in an earlier list of clarifications released to TMZ. He then declared himself “the gay Tupac” and performed his encore. CWB Chicago
 
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https://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/2019/01/empire-star-hospitalized-in-racist-homophobic-attack-by-maga-supporters-report/
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/empire-actor-jussie-smollet-possible-hate-crime_us_5c507c46e4b0f43e410b4a27
https://thegrapevine.theroot.com/jussie-smollett-reportedly-hospitalized-in-chicago-foll-1832158963



And before anyone replies "TMZ! can't believe that crap!", here's the post straight from the Chicago Police Department:



Perhaps Alyssa Milano was right, as this is now being treated as a hate crime. But I digress; Very fine people, on both sides, indeed. :rolleyes::rolleyes:

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Looks like this is turning out to be fake news, so the story is going down the memory hole. How many of these hate crime stories have we heard which turn out to be hoaxes? Do we ever hear the retraction? Nope.

One last thing, the "You had some very bad people in that group" quote was entirely about the debate regarding public statues, not the neo nazi fiasco. The tweet was clarified right away, but the left will not stop lying about it. Clear example of pure propaganda lies.
 

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Looks like this is turning out to be fake news, so the story is going down the memory hole. How many of these hate crime stories have we heard which turn out to be hoaxes? Do we ever hear the retraction? Nope.

One last thing, the "You had some very bad people in that group" quote was entirely about the debate regarding public statues, not the neo nazi fiasco. The tweet was clarified right away, but the left will not stop lying about it. Clear example of pure propaganda lies.
if fake the police response should be paid for by him.
 

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Looks like his interview on GMA is going to pay off.

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CPD had already received call records from his porvider.

Smollett this week turned over "heavily redacted" phone records from the night of the alleged attack. Guglielmi said the submitted documents did not meet the burden of a criminal investigation. Investigators already received Smollett's complete phone records via a subpoena served on his service provider, according to a source close quoted by CWBChicago on Feb. 4.

A source familiar with the records provided by the Empire star states that Smollett downloaded his phone activity into a spreadsheet and then deleted certain phone calls before handing over the records. “He did the [detectives’] job for them because then they only had to focus on the numbers he deleted.”
CWB Chicago
 
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