Jussie Smollett was a regaled member of the Empire cast.
He was thought of as the third lead in the series, according to producers, and in the end, his dissatisfaction with his salary for that third lead role may have been the cause of his self-destruction.
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On January 29th, Smollett suggested by way of filing a false police report that he had suffered a hate crime by way of an attack in the streets of Chicago.
Investigators gave that case the utmost care only to discover he allegedly perpetrated the affair for personal gain. We run down the timeline of destruction below.
This slideshow will be updated as news occurs in this case.
1. Who Is Jussie Smollett?
Jussie Smollett is an actor and singer. He currently stars on Fox’s Empire as Jamal Lyon.
2. January 22 – The Letter
A letter was allegedly sent to Smollett a week before the attack. It had homophobic and racist remarks. It was sent to Fox studios.
3. January 29 – The "Attack"
Reports broke that Smollett was approached by two white men wearing ski masks outside of a Subway store in Chicago. He was reportedly beaten up, put in a noose, and had an unknown substance poured on him. Per TMZ, the men also call Smollett “that f**got Empire n*****” and yell, “This is MAGA country.” (Smollett is black and openly gay.)
4. January 29 – Jussie Seeks Medical Help
Jussie checked into Northwestern Memorial Hospital to get treatment.
5. January 30 – Police Reveal Potential Persons of Interest
The police look into surveillance footage and confirm there are persons of interest.
6. January 31 – Smollett’s Family Release Statement
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked 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 has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him 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. 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. Make no mistake, words matter. 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.
With love & gratitude,
The Smollett Family