As officers continue investigating, an exclusive source has revealed details about Jussie Smollett’s health condition following the racist and homophobic assault he suffered in Chicago on Tuesday.
According to ET, an exclusive source confirmed that Smollett, 36, is doing “OK” physically but his emotional state is an entirely different story.
"Jussie is mostly physically OK with some scrapes and bruises, but he’s more emotionally shook up.”
Giving a rundown of the horrible incident, the insider explained that Smollett was walking when two men started yelling racial and homophobic slurs before proceeding to hit him.
The “Empire” star had earlier told the Chicago Police Department that the men yelled: “This is MAGA country.”
"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," the source added. "After some time the men fled the scene and Jussie went to the hospital."
In a statement, Chicago PD revealed that they'd be investigating the incident “as a possible hate crime” given the severity of the allegations and so far, it appears the officers are not relenting in their search.
An employee at a Subway restaurant close to E. North Water Street where Smollett was assaulted told ET that the cops came in early Tuesday afternoon to look through surveillance footage that might help with the investigation.
Since news of the attack broke, fans and celebrities alike have taken to social media to declare their support for the openly gay actor.
Lee Daniels, co-creator and director of “Empire,” who also happens to be gay, posted an emotional video message to Smollett after the incident.
Daniels was almost in tears as he said:
“You didn’t deserve, nor anybody deserves to have a noose put around your neck, to have bleach thrown on you, to be called ‘die [expletive]’ or whatever they said to you. You are better than that. We are better than that. America is better than that. It starts at home. It starts at home. We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are because it shows we are united on a united front and no racist [expletive] can come in and do the things that they did to you. Hold your head up, Jussie. I’m with you. I’ll be there in a minute. It’s just another [expletive] day in America.”
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