'Empire' crew and production team have emotional meeting after attack on Jussie Smollett even as online support pours in
American actor Jussie Smollett and the rest of the 'Empire' cast will be having armed security as the production of the show continues, according to the Entertainment Today.
Smollet was admitted in the hospital after he suffered a terrible homophobic and racist attack. There was an emotional meeting held on Tuesday morning to inform the production about the incident that happened with Smollett.
The production of the show 'Empire' is not going to shut down and will be carried forward. The situation is currently very fluid and they are deciding when Smollet will continue filming. Meanwhile, FOX has stepped up additional security for members of the production and cast after receiving a threatening letter.
FOX also provided counselors to the cast and crew of 'Empire' to talk about the incident that happened with Smollet and to answer any questions.
ThatGrapeJuice.Net, who was the first to report the news of Smollett's attack, published an alleged note that the 35-year-old received prior to the incident on Tuesday which threatened him and contained a homophobic slur.
According to a source close to ET, Smollet is now is physically fine but is emotionally disturbed. Smollett also received plenty of public messages of support and love from his 'Empire' castmates, other celebs, and fans.
"Jussie was walking when two guys started yelling racial and homophobic slurs at the 'Empire' star," the source said. "Jussie was then attacked by the men and was repeatedly hit. Jussie tried to protect himself and at one point the men poured a substance on him believed to be bleach and one of the guys put a rope around his neck. After some time the men fled the scene and Jussie went to the hospital. Jussie is mostly physically OK with some scrapes and bruises, but he’s more emotionally shook up."
Sad 😞.. Empire star Jussie Smollett in hospital in Chicago after 'premeditated' hate attack by two MAGA supporters in ski-masks who 'placed a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him.. pic.twitter.com/0q6J6esbDK— One Love (@Naaswitch) January 30, 2019
Smollett was self-transported to the Northwestern Hospital following the attack and is in a stable condition, according to the police. Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi released a statement that an investigation is currently underway, and they're "treating it as a possible hate crime."
"Overnight, the Chicago Police Department received a report of a possible racially-charged assault and battery involving a cast member of the television show 'Empire'. Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime. Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline. The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to www.cpdtip.com." the statement said.