Jussie Smollett’s family has spoken out amid the attack that happened to the Empire cast earlier this week. The statement, via Entertainment Tonight, starts off by his family making it known that this was a “racial and homophobic hate crime” and they “are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice.”
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“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
Jussie is still slated to perform at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Saturday.