Jussie Smollett's Family Issues Statement On "Racial And Homophobic" Attack

Tanya Cunningham
February 1, 2019

The 35-year-old Empire star was Celebrities React To Jussie Smollett's Homophobic, Racist Attack in Chicago around 2 AM on Tuesday by two men wearing ski masks, TMZ previously reported.

Howard states that the cast learned about what happened on set, saying that their jaws dropped when they heard the news. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. "They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance".

Investigators "for the most part" can confirm the route Smollett took early Tuesday when he says he was attacked along a street in the Streeterville neighborhood after visiting a sandwich shop, Guglielmi said. The rope was still around Smollett's neck when police spoke to him, officials said.

Detectives have collected and are reviewing more surveillance video from neighboring hotels and apartments, but have not found video of the incident at this point, Guglielmi said.

"Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received". In one of the best-known examples of the department's use of the cameras, investigators in 2009 were able to recreate a school board president's 20-minute drive through the city, singling out his vehicle on a succession of surveillance cameras to help them determine that he committed suicide and had not been followed and killed by someone else, as his friends speculated. "We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive", the statement continued.


Smollett later transported himself to Northwestern Hospital and was treated. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world. MAGA refers to President Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again".

In this photo from May 20, 2016, actor and singer Jussie Smollett attends the "Empire" FYC Event in Los Angeles. "Empire" actor Jussie Smollet's potential attackers were captured in surveillance video footage released by the Chicago Police Department on Wednesday.

US President Donald Trump, expressed sympathy for Smollett on Thursday.

Smollett's music manager, Brandon Z. Moore, told ABC News he was on the phone with Smollett during the attack and that he heard "MAGA country" spoken: "I heard that clearly". Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) sent a letter to the FBI director Wednesday, writing he was "disturbed" by the reports and was requesting a hate-crime investigation. They proceeded to assault Smollett and "poured an unknown chemical substance" on him.

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