Story Update: Celebrities Show Their Love and Support for Jussie Smollett After Hate Crime Attack

Story Update! Celebrities Show Their Love and Support for Jussie Smollet After Hate Crime Attack (photo cred: Instagram)

Story Update! 3/26/2019 All criminal charges against Jussie Smollett have been dropped. His record was reportedly expunged. Smollet is still being investigated by the FBI for allegedly sending a death threat to himself. 
Story Update! 3/18/2019 Jussie Smollett was indicted on 16 counts of felony charges by a grand jury for allegedly lying to the Chicago police about the attack. Since then, many celebrities have withdrawn their support of the Empire actor. If you look below you can see that a couple of the Instagram posts in support of him have been removed. Jussie Smollett still maintains that he is innocent. This past week, an episode with Smollett on Empire aired on FOX. Footage of the star was pulled from the show following the investigation of the alleged attack.

First Report:  January 29, 2019  

Today, celebrities have been showing their love and support on social media for Empire star, Jussie Smollett, after he was hospitalized because of an attack (hate crime) in Chicago. TMZ reported that Smollett was attacked at 2:00 am by two white men who were wearing black masks. The men allegedly referred to the Make America Great Again (MAGA) slogan. Police suspect that the attack was a hate crime because of the words the attackers used to refer to Smollett's race and sexuality. The attackers, who have yet to be caught reportedly placed a noose around the 35-year old's neck and poured bleach on him. 

Black-ish and Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi said, "You can never dim someone who is the manifestation of light. Sending love to the brilliant human/artists/ and humanitarian @jussiesmollet..." Gospel singer, Anita Wilson said,"Sending love and prayers for sure! <3 But I'm also saddened, disturbed and pissed to hear of this horrible act of hate committed against @jussiesmolett! In Chicago." Some of Wilson's hastags included "#STOPHOMOPHOBIA" AND #STOPRACISM"

Lee Daniels, the creator of Empire and Star said, "It's taken me a minute to come to social media about this because Jussie, you are my son. You didn't deserve, nor does anybody deserve to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you...You are better than that. America's better than that, We are better than that. It starts at home..."

Other stars who spoke out against Jussie's attack included Tamar Braxton, Keisha Knight Pulliam, Tyler Perry, Jennifer Lewis, T.I. and more. We hope and pray that justice will be served!