Jussie Smollett’s Family Speaks Up After Violent & Unprovoked Attack
The family of Jussie Smollett has released a statement days after being attacked by two unidentified offenders in Chicago.
“In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovked attack. 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 never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring to justice.”
In the statement, the family had thanked their “village” for the support they been shown and thanked God for seeing Jussie “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,” the family says. “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.”
The concluded their statement saying “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.”
The violent attack took place after he arrived in Chicago early Tuesday morning. The Empire star was walking when two unidentified offenders had approached him and began to yell out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. The offenders than began to attack Smollett and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
During the attack, one of them offenders allegedly wrapped a rope around Smollett’s neck before fleeing the scene. Smollett was self-transported to Northwestern Hospital.
CPD Chief Spokesman Anthony Gugliemi told E! News on Tuesday that the Chicago Police Department have received a report of the possible racially-charged assault and battery involving the Empire star. Chief Spokesman Gugliemi stated that the CPD are taking this investigation seriously and are treating it as a possible hate crime. In addition to that, he also stated that detectives are working on collecting videos, identifying potentials witnesses and investigation timeline.
Source: E! News
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