Police Have Persons of Interest in Jussie Smollett Hate Crime

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There could be a break in the alleged attack against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett, which is being investigated as a possible hate crime. There are strict rules that we in the media must follow before using hate-crime language.

Separate from the recent alleged hate crime attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett, the frigid polar vortex assaulting the mid-west has caused Fox studios in Chicago to temporarily shut down production on the popular TV drama. Do you want change?

"I've listened to a lot of people's words and I don't have a lot of eloquent stuff to say", Harvey explains in the January 29 video.

The two men reportedly beat up the actor while he was at a Subway restaurant in NY around 2 am late Monday morning.

Two men indicated they recognized Smollet and yelled racist and homophobic slurs at Smollett in the 300 block of East North Lower Water Street, before they hit him in the face, poured what is suspected to be bleach on him and put a rope around his neck, Smollett told police.

The Chicago Police Department has released CCTV images of two possible persons of interest in the Smollett case.

Senator Cory Booker, writing on Twitter, argued that the attack highlighted the need to pass a bill created to classify lynching as a federal hate crime.

Jussie Smollett has been hospitalised after he was reportedly injured by two men in what looks like a homophobic attack. He's the one that does all the Instagrams if he catches you sleeping.

Smollett's castmates on the set of "Empire", which has halted production due to extreme weather in Chicago, where it's filmed, have also been provided with counselors, who they can discuss the horrific attack with and ask any questions. Smollett's character is also gay, and often has to deal with the homophobia that exists in African American culture and the hyper-masculine hip hop industry.

Additionally, Smollett's music manager, Brandon Moore, told police that he was on the phone with Smollett during the alleged attack and heard the words "MAGA country".

Taraji P. Henson and other members of the "Empire" cast have been given around-the-clock security in the wake of the vicious attack on Jussie Smollett. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice.

In the aftermath of Smollett's assault, his friends, colleagues and peers showed an outpouring of support for the actor, who is an active advocate for the LGBTQ community.

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