Celebs React To Jussie Smollett’s Assault As ‘Empire’ Cast Equipped With Armed Guards!

Celebs are speaking out after Jussie Smollett‘s hospitalization.

As we reported, the Empire star was allegedly the victim of a possible hate crime when two white men fractured one of his ribs, put a noose around his neck, poured a substance on him, and yelled, “This is MAGA country.” He was discharged from the hospital Tuesday morning.

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According to TMZ , authorities are investigating an alleged threatening letter addressed to him last week that contained racist and homophobic slurs. Cops also visited a Target store and an apartment complex — near where the alleged incident occurred —  to obtain surveillance footage.

Early Tuesday, the Empire staff held an emergency meeting, and later that day, cast members were given armed security as they continued shooting in Chicago.

Studios 20th Century FOX Television and FOX Entertainment also released a statement about the controversy. It read:

“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. 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.”

Additionally, Empire co-creator Lee Daniels posted an emotional video on Instagram where he told Jussie that he “didn’t deserve” what happened to him.

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We got this @jussiesmollett 🌈👊🏾👊🏾

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Fellow co-creator Danny Strong also shared kind words about the thespian.

Several stars — including John Legend and Zendaya — reached out to the 36-year-old actor on social media.

See all of their messages (below):

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I am praying for my friend my brother my family @jussiesmollett . Im at a loss for words as to why any person would want to commit such a hate crime on him but then I realize his beautiful mind, passion for whats right, courage, strength, & activism can put fear in many when they see his power to move people! It hurts me deeply, tears fill my eyes bc I can be that person involved in a hate crime. In my teenage years I was that person. It happens to too many in our community and you won’t hear about every one of them. To my people my lgbt family 🏳️‍🌈 do not allow hate to fill your hearts at this time but also don’t hide in a shell bc of fear for being yourself. Jussie i love you & wish you a speedy recovery & receive so much love to heal any other pain. 🙏🏽❤️ —————— Fuk’d Up World – Jussie Smollet #staystrong #lgbt #love #healing #justice #blacklivesmatter #Change #yeswecan #lovewins #jussiesmollett #freedom #glaad

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Jan 29, 2019 1:40pm PDT