Jussie Smollett case: Everything we know so far
In the weeks since “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett first filed a police report alleging he was the victim of a hate crime, the story has taken numerous twists and turns.
Here’s how the case has unfolded:
Chicago police confirmed they were investigating a possible hate crime against Smollett.
They said that in the early morning of January 29 he was attacked by two people who were “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” and “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim” in the Streeterville neighborhood where he had been staying while filming his hit TV show “Empire.”
Smollett took himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where he and a friend spoke with CNN’s Don Lemon and confirmed the incident had happened.
Smollett identifies as gay and since 2015 has portrayed the gay character of Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family on his show.
20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment offered their support after the reported attack.
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” a representative of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement to CNN. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”
Hollywood and fans rallied
Almost immediately, colleagues and fans of Smollett expressed shock, sadness and love for him.
“Empire” creator Lee Daniels posted his support on his official Instagram account.