According to TMZ Smollett, who is black and gay, was attacked at 2 AM on Tuesday morning in Chicago by two men who yelled homophobic and racial slurs at him, reportedly saying “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?” before physically attacking him.
According to TMZ, citing unnamed sources close to Smollett, Smollett’s assailants were wearing masks and poured bleach on him as well as put a noose around his neck during the assault.
They also reportedly shouted Donald Trump’s “MAGA” acronym.
The 2 men — both white and wearing ski masks — viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, “This is MAGA country.”
The Chicago Police Department has released a statement about the attack that cites the presence of a noose and also says:
“The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim.” The report also says that Smollett “self-transported to Northwestern Hospital and is [in] good condition.”
Chicago Police Department just sent out this statement re:— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) January 29, 2019
Jussie Smollett pic.twitter.com/DxQswZn8xd
The fact that Smollett’s attackers were reportedly wearing ski masks suggests that this wasn’t a random hate crime but rather a premeditated one.
Again according to TMZ, citing TheGrapeJuice.net, Smollett had reportedly been sent hate mail in the weeks leading up to the attack with a letter sent to Fox Studios and addressed to Smollett reading “You will die black f*g” in cut-out magazine letters and seemingly depicting a lynching and a gun.
Jussie Smollett was called f****t and the n-word and viciously beaten by MAGA Nazis emboldened by Trump, but please tell me more about how you won’t vote against this monster unless your preferred candidate wins the primary.— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) January 29, 2019
Hi there, journalists!— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 29, 2019
I'm a historian who's written about white supremacists, so let me assure you that when a violent attack on an African American man involves use of the N-word and the literal placement of a noose around his neck, you can go ahead and call that "racist."
The attack on Jussie Smollett was allegedly by MAGA white supremacists. This is exactly why we need to be defending ALL Black people.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 29, 2019
These people don't care if you're a woman, LGBTQ, or heterosexual. They want us dead. We can't let anyone force us against ourselves.
Given what we’ve seen so far, I fully expect the men who attacked Jussie Smollett to score a sit-down interview with Ellen at some point in the next few weeks. Maybe it will be a roundtable discussion with Kevin Hart.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 29, 2019
After the left was taken to task for being too quick to judge those not-smirky-at-all Covington brats, look at the hot takes on Jussie Smollett homophobic attack by Trump supporters.— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) January 29, 2019
Time to drop the United from United States.
We are now 2 countries; each with its own facts. pic.twitter.com/NwxFaUCWbo
The hate crime on Jussie Smollett is not an isolated event. Hate crimes against LGBTQ people increased 17% in 2017 according to the FBI's recent report. 2018's stats will be worse.— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) January 29, 2019
This is what the Trump-Pence White House has enabled through their hateful rhetoric and actions.
Anyone trying to ignore the fact that Jussie Smollett is BOTH Black & gay need to sit down.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 29, 2019
This was a racially-motivated homophobic attack.
They called him racial slurs AND homophobic ones.
He carries BOTH identities and white supremacists made it a point to target both.
It’s a shocking and horrific story and more information is likely to soon come to light.
Our sweet Jussie Smollett was brutally attacked in Chicago early this morning. Homophobia and racism is tearing apart our country and it’s being fueled by Trump and this hateful administration. The fracture in our humity is growing wider and it’s heartbreaking. 💔— Dana Goldberg (@DGComedy) January 29, 2019