Police released surveillance footage of two persons of interest who are wanted in connection with the brutal and possible hate crime committed against Jussie Smollett. Authorities have reportedly gone through hours of footage, but have not come across the actual incident.
Even Agent Orange condemned the attack on Smollett, telling the White House press, “It doesn’t get worse, as far as I’m concerned.”
Empire star Jussie Smollett was reportedly attacked by MAGA supporters, in Chicago, who brutally beat him and left him with a fractured rib before putting a noose around his neck and pouring bleach on him, TMZ reports. He was treated at Northwestern Memorial before being discharged.
Smollett was reportedly walking out the subway at around 2am when two men, wearing ski-masks approached him and asked, “Aren’t you that fa**ot ‘Empire’ n*gga?”
The culprits reportedly yelled, “This is MAGA country” during the attack.
Days before the incident (which is being investigated as a hate crime), a threatening letter addressed to Jussie Smollett was sent to Fox Studios Chicago with the words, “You will die black f**.”
The Chicago Police Department released the following statement about the attack, not naming Jussie as the victim of this hate crime. They state that they are currently looking for the suspects and are investigating the attack.
20th Century FOX also released a statement denouncing the violence Jussie endured:
MAGA propaganda has become a symbol of hate in America. Smollett’s attack comes after a group a White teens, wearing MAGA hats, harassed a Native American war vet at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, DC.
While Jussie has yet to release a statement of his own, Black Twitter has taken to social media to uplift the actor and singer in the wake of this unimaginable event. That, and many made serious statements about how society fosters an environment for this type of violence to exist.