Jussie Smollett‘s family released a statement Thursday (Jan. 31), calling the Empire star’s attack “domestic terrorism” and saying that “radical love” is the only way to stop future hate crimes.
The actor was attacked on Tuesday morning in Chicago by two unnamed suspects who, according to police, punched and kicked him and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him, and one suspect even wrapped a rope around Smollett’s neck. They also yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him during the assault, according to the police report.
Read the Smollett family’s full statement below:
“In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack,” the statement reads. “We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed. We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable. Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall. 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.”
Chicago Police are asking anyone with information to contact Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8382 or report tips anonymously to CPDtip.com.