Kamala Harris calls the attack on Jussie Smollett a "modern day lynching"
Democratic Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris, joined with Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Steve Harvey and others in speaking out about the recent attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett where Chicago Police said it may be a hate crime.
“@JussieSmollett is one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know. I’m praying for his quick recovery,” "This was an attempted modern day lynching. No one should have to fear for their life because of their sexuality or color of their skin. We must confront this hate." the California senator wrote on Twitter.
Chicago cops on Tuesday collected footage from city and private video cameras looking for leads in what they called a “possible racially-charged assault and battery” on the African-American Smollett, The Chicago Tribune reported.
A number of celebrities have taken to social media to voice their support for Smollett. Empire creator Lee Daniels recorded a video on Instagram showing love to Smollett and also posted a picture from a FaceTime conversation they had while he was hospitalized.
Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon on the Fox show, said two people approached him at about 2 a.m. Tuesday as he was walking to get something to eat and got his attention by yelling racial and homophobic slurs.
Smollett was hit and an unknown chemical substance was poured on him, cops told the paper, and a rope was wrapped around his neck before the attackers fled.
Smollett took himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was said to be in “good condition.” “Empire” is recorded in Chicago for most of the year.
Smollett plays a gay musician on the show and is an activist for LBGTQ rights and HIV education.