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 possible hate crime, his famous friends and admirers took to social media to lend support.

Smollett’s two assailants, who were allegedly wearing ski masks, approached the openly gay actor while yelling racial and homophobic slurs including "Aren't you that faggot Empire n----r?" The pair of unidentified white men then proceeded to wrap a noose around Smollett’s neck while pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on him. According to a report by TMZ, Smollett sustained a fractured rib in the altercation as he fought back and the two unidentified men yelled “This is MAGA country!” before fleeing the scene.

In the wake of the attack, celebrities and fans alike have turned to social media to express their outrage, sadness and support 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 at the news. Shonda Rhimes, Dan Levy, Ella Mai and LGBTQ+ activist Raymond Braun also shared their support for the actor.

Take a look at some of the reactions below:


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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