Hollywood and Twitter Outraged Over 'Horrific' Attack on Jussie Smollett

Hollywood and Twitter Outraged Over 'Horrific' Attack on Jussie Smollett

“Empire” creator Lee Daniels, Kerry Washington, Viola Davis and LGBTQ icon George Takei were among those condemning the hateful attack.

Twitter is outraged after "Empire" star Jussie Smollett was reportedly attacked in a hate crime in Chicago on Monday.

According to TMZ, the actor was beat up by two men around 2 a.m. when he went to get some food at Subway. When he left the restaurant, the assailants reportedly yelled, "Aren’t you that f—ot ‘Empire’ n—-?"

The males, who are both said to have been white and wearing ski masks, attacked Smollett, wrapped a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him. The attack was so brutal that Smollett is said to have fractured a rib. The men reportedly yelled "This is MAGA country" as they left the scene. Smollett is believed to have been treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and discharged Tuesday morning.

ThatGrapeJuice.Net also reported that a letter was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago, where "Empire" is currently filming its fifth season. The letter features cut out letters that read, "You will die black f–."

The disturbing incident soon went viral on Twitter Tuesday morning and people began to react to the horrifying news.

"Star Trek" icon George Takei was among those who responded to the news, writing: "This is horrific. What kind of country do we live in?"

"Empire" EP Danny Strong was "deeply horrified and saddened by the racist and homophobic attacks" and showed support for Smollett on Twitter as well.

"Black-ish" star Yara Shahidi took to Instagram and posted a photo of Smollett along with the caption: "You can never dim someone who is the manifestation of light. Sending love to the brilliant human/ artists/ and humanitarian @jussiesmollett ❤️I’m at a loss for words, but one thing I know for certain is an act of hate against you, is an act of hate against all of us. We will continue to stand with you ❤️."

Actress and LGBTQ activist Lena Waithe tweeted that her "heart is broken" over the news and "Scandal" star Kerry Washington wrote, "DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett."

20th Century Fox posted a statement to "Empire’s" official Instagram page. "We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night," the statement read. "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 despiccable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own."

Smollett came out as gay on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" back in March 2015.

Read how people are reacting below.

A post shared by Empire (@empirefox) on

We got this @jussiesmollett ?????

A post shared by Lee Daniels (@theoriginalbigdaddy) on

I am in shock and despair about this!!! If I hear one more person say that this administration is not Encouraging the boldness Of the racist, sexist, homophobic attitudes in this country I am going to scream! People walking around ignorantly wearing a MAGA hat . And saying that it has nothing to do with anything but making the country great again. This is the kind of crap that happens. Wake up people stop hiding behind this bullshit let’s be real and call it and tell it like it is!! Down with MAGA!! Code word for what???

A post shared by Tina Knowles (@mstinalawson) on

Good people……. Don’t have a bad bone in his body so of course what happened to Jussie today has us all beyond angered….. A racist Trump supporter struck again… This time you messed with one of ours and we won’t be taking this shit lightly……. Stay strong Jussie everything that can possibly be done will be done…. Prayers for you for a speedy recovery….

A post shared by TYRESE (@tyrese) on

You can never dim someone who is the manifestation of light. Sending love to the brilliant human/ artists/ and humanitarian @jussiesmollett ❤️I’m at a loss for words, but one thing I know for certain is an act of hate against you, is an act of hate against all of us. We will continue to stand with you ❤️

A post shared by Yara (يارا‎) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on

OMG!! THIS is why the LGBTQ community continue to fight to be seen and PROTECTED against hate! We ALL have to take this very personally! My arms are around you @jussiesmollett. You are loved!

A post shared by Viola Davis (@violadavis) on

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