The brutal beating of Jussie Smollett — which police tell us they’re treating as a possible hate crime — has rocked Hollywood. His ‘Empire’ co-stars, along with LaLa Anthony and more celebs are sending him prayers and emotional messages.
UPDATE (3/26/19), 11:35 AM EST: The charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett — over allegedly staging a racial attack against himself in Chicago on January 29 — have all been dropped, his Chicago-based attorney Ronald Safer confirms to HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox Television issued the following statement (on March 26, 2019 at 1:15 PM EST) in wake of this development: “Jussie Smollett has always maintained his innocence and we are gratified that all charges against him have been dismissed.”
UPDATE: On Jan. 30 the Chicago Police Department tweeted out “Hours ago
#ChicagoPolice detectives located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for questioning in reference to the assault & battery of Empire actor. A community alert w/ photos is being constructed and will be disseminated shortly.” We will keep you undated on the breaking developments.
ORIGINAL: After Empire star, Jussie Smollett, 36, was brutally beaten in Chicago on January 29 — in an attack that police tell HollywoodLife they are treating as a possible hate crime — Hollywood is rallying around him. Celebrities, including his Empire co-stars, haven taken to social media to send him prayers and heartfelt messages as he recovers from the awful attack, which reportedly left him hospitalized. See the unwavering amount of support he’s received so far from the Hollywood community.
Empire co-creator, writer and producer, Danny Strong tweeted two emotional messages, where he praised Smollett before speaking about the utter terror of racism in our society. “I’m deeply horrified and saddened by the racist and homophobic attacks against @JussieSmollett. He is a kind and profoundly talented soul whom I respect with all my heart. The terror of racism and homophobia has no place in our society, it is the most indecent way to live,” Strong wrote on Twitter.
In a second tweet, he added: “… 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” GLAAD — an American non-governmental media monitoring organization founded by LGBT people in the media released the following statement. “GLAAD reached out to FOX and Jussie’s team today to offer assistance as well as support for him. Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world.”
Smollett’s Empire co-star, Serayah shared a photo with him alongside a beautiful caption, which encouraged the hashtag, “stop the hate”. She wrote: “Your light will continue to shine bright, which is the part these disgusting people fail to realize. I hope you make a speedy recovery and continue to educate, motivate, and inspire millions. Love you big bro Ray”.
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment tells HollywoodLife. “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.”
Read more emotional reactions from celebrities and politicians below:
Actress, LaLa Anthony posted a photo of Smollett on Instagram, with the caption: “I stand with you @jussiesmollett praying for your speedy recovery. This makes me sick to my stomach. In 2019 THIS IS STILL HAPPENING. Pay attention.”
Actress, Zendaya tweeted: “This is heartbreaking and terrifying…please pay attention to what’s happening here. Sending all my love to @JussieSmollett”.
Actress Kerry Washington retweeted Shonda Rhimes‘ message, which read: “We ALL have a responsibility to rise up against the ignorance and hate out there. If you know who did this to @JussieSmollett, REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.” Kerry added: “This. We must rise up against ignorance and hate.
Republican Political Commentator Ana Navarro tweeted: “I saw Jussie Smollett in Miami last week. I can’t believe this happened. It is sad and disgusting and and deplorable.”
Actress, Garcelle Beauvais posted a photo of Smollett on Instagram and wrote: “Love you @jussiesmollett you are in my prayers #beautifulsoul#beautifulspirit”.
Actor, Michael B. Jordan also posted a photo of Smollett on Instagram with the caption: “Stand with my brother @jussiesmollett sending you light and love. Be strong We got you”.
Reverend Al Sharpton tweeted: “The reported hate attack on my friend and brother, actor Jussie Smollett is despicable and outrageous. The guilty must face the maximum.”
The reported hate attack on my friend and brother, actor Jussie Smollett is despicable and outrageous. The guilty must face the maximum.
— Reverend Al Sharpton (@TheRevAl) January 29, 2019
Comedian Margaret Cho tweeted, “No words. Love to you @JussieSmollett”. In a tweet, which tagged the Chicago Police Department, comedian Ike Barinholtz pleaded for authorities to find whoever attacked Smollet. “I hope @JussieSmollett is okay and I hope the @Chicago_Police find the animals who did this to him,” Barinholtz wrote.