Published: Wed, January 30, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Taraji P. Henson Breaks Her Silence on Jussie Smollett Attack

Taraji P. Henson Breaks Her Silence on Jussie Smollett Attack

An employee at the Subway restaurant not far from where Smollett was attacked previously told ET that Chicago Police came to the fast food restaurant early Tuesday afternoon looking to review surveillance footage. The men reportedly yelled "This is MAGA country" as they left the scene.

At around 2 a.m. local time in Chicago on Tuesday, the Smollett went to the hospital after he was the victim of an apparent hate crime. However, there are gaps and none of the footage police have reviewed shows an attack, he said.

Guglielmi also said the FBI is investigating a threatening letter targeting Smollett that was sent to the Fox studio in Chicago last week.

Fox has also increased security around the Empire production in Chicago, according to reports.

"You didn't deserve, nor anybody deserves, to have a noose put around your neck", he said.

Speaking to "Good Morning America" on Wednesday, Terrence Howard said he heard Smollett is "getting better", but "angry". We have to love each other regardless of what sexual orientation we are because it shows that we are ... But he said they still need to collect and view more.

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He ends the message by telling Smollett to hold his head up.

"THIS HATE CRIME against our brother @jussiesmollett is proof that no matter how famous you may be it still does not protect you from vicious racist homophobes", wrote Monáe in a powerful post.

The talk show host on Wednesday posted a video on his Instagram page and shared his thoughts on the January 28 alleged attack on the "Empire" actor, who was doused in bleach and had a noose wrapped around his neck. "We send out love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice", the statement read. "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".

Empire creator Lee Daniels also addressed the incident on social media.

"We are taking this investigation very seriously", the police statement said.

Taraji P. Henson, who plays Smollett's mother on "Empire", also spoke out on Wednesday. While many high-profile celebrities and personalities including Janet Jackson, Cher, and Kamala Harris took to social media to show their support and express their outrage.

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