Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into wordsJussie Smollett
Empire star Jussie Smollett was involved in a dangerous situation in the Windy City. Chicago PD and the FBI are working the case, which reportedly involved two ski-mask wearing men hitting him over the head, placing a noose around his neck, and pouring bleach on him while yelling homophobic and racial slurs. His statement arrives alongside more information about the threatening letter that was said to be received on the Empire set last week. The envelope containing the letter included a white powder that was determined to be aspirin by a HAZMAT unit, although law enforcement hasn’t divulged the message within the letter.
As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of meJussie Smollett