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Update 2/1/18 11:30 am. Jussie Smollett issued a statement three days after being attacked and beaten by two men, who is being investigated as "a possible hate crime." He said Essence:
"Let me start by saying that I am well.My body is strong, but my soul is stronger.Most importantly, I want to thank. O The outpouring of love and support from my village meant more than I could ever truly put into words.
I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on all levels. Despite my frustrations and deep concern about certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have spread, I still believe that justice will be served.
As my family has stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers, and siblings who are not twins on a daily basis. I am not and should not be regarded as an isolated incident. We'll talk soon and I'll cover all the details of this horrible incident, but I need a moment to process. More importantly, during periods of trauma, mourning and pain, there is still the responsibility to lead with love. That's all I know. And this can not be cast out of me. "
Original Story 01/29/18 12:50 p.m.: Empire Actor Jussie Smollet was hospitalized early Tuesday morning after being beaten in Chicago, which police are investigating as a "possible hate crime."
The Chicago Police Department released a statement saying that Jussie was attacked and beaten by two people who shouted "racial and homophobic insults." The statement also described how the two people "dumped unknown substances into the victim" and "wrapped a rope around the victim's neck."
TMZ is reporting that the two people shouted "This is the country of MAGA" during the attack, and possibly linked to a note that Fox Studios received eight days ago and that was addressed to Jussie and said "You will die black" .
After the robbery, Jussie was taken to Northwestern Memorial, where he was later dismissed and considered in "good condition".
When the news was released, celebrities and their family from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment showed great support for Jussie: