Lee Daniels Reveals First Photo of Jussie Smollett After Singer’s Homophobic Attack

Published: Tuesday 29th Jan 2019 by Rashad

‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett has received an enduring wave of support from celebrities and fans alike after That Grape Juice exclusively broke the story of his vicious attack by homophobic and racist assailants.

As the FBI investigates what they have deemed a “possible hate crime,” many of Smollett’s supporters – including ‘Empire’ director Lee Daniels and the show’s network home, FOX – have vowed to offer assistance with the 35-year-old’s return to health and raise awareness about violence against the LGBT community.

Daniels recently took to Instagram to give his followers the first glimpse at Smollett since his hospitalization.  Following up with a fiery rant, see the video, photo, and more inside:


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We got this @jussiesmollett ?????

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FOX also lent a statement:

“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,” the statement from 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment read.

[main photo credit:  Getty / secondary photo credit:  CatchtheTea]

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  1. Are you Kidding Me? January 29, 2019

    Sad. Disgusting that people think it’s a hoax. I’m on the East Coast and have been the victim of overtly racist attacks. You don’t have to be in the MidWest. Racists are everywhere. There are more White people than Black people in this country. (Although projections say that biracial people will become the majority)They wiped us out with slavery. There’s a reason we are called minorities.

    • Guest January 29, 2019

      The world doesn’t end and begin with the United States. We’re literally on every continent.

    • Jasmine January 30, 2019

      Based on new information I received today I retract my get well wishes for Jussie because he is LYING. I despise liars! The police took his statement and did not believe him. Too many holes in his story.

      1. He claims they poured bleach on him. Well who is walking around 2 am in the morning with bleach? Furthermore, bleach freezes below 24 degreez. It was 1 defree in Chicago.

      2. He omitted the fact he was at a gay club and seen snorting coke.

      3. The police reviewed surveillance cameras and no one was following him to Subway.

      4. This just seems like karma. He did something bad or sneaky to someone and they retaliated. End of story.

  2. Jasmine January 29, 2019

    I pray for his speedy recovery. He is so cute. Im sure the people who attacked him were JEALOUS of him because he is attractive, famous, and talented. The people who attacked him will get theirs too. Karma.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian ??‍♀️??‍♀️ Not TROLLmine nor TRASHmine January 29, 2019

      TROLLmine I AGREE!

  3. Lol January 29, 2019


  4. Ashley Scott January 29, 2019

    Smfh I hope Jussie feels better soon because that is just evil.

  5. Advocate January 29, 2019

    The fact is that Jussie was in VIP the night of the incident at a gay club. He was acting saddidy as he always does when he is at the popular gay club. He hooked up with someone’s bf and was followed home by the bf and a few buddies. That’s why he got beat up. His people are making up an elaborate story because of how bad his ass got whooped. His people encouraged him to go along with this lie so he can use it for publicity. Sorry Jussie you’re exposed.

    • XYZ January 29, 2019

      Exposed by who? You? Receipts?

    • Interac January 29, 2019

      It is a little strange that two racist and homophobic white people with ski masks just happened to be at the same subway station as the guy from empire. Nonetheless, hopefully he heals.

      • SMH January 29, 2019

        How do you know they weren’t out there already waiting for him? Folks forget this is Chicago we’re talking about here.

    • MX January 29, 2019

      the fact is you’re a c*** and a homophobic c*** at that. spread your lies elsewhere

      • Realist January 29, 2019

        You a c**** too

    • iPhone User January 29, 2019

      If you’re not going to post a source, f*** off.

      I believe that’s what the head of MAGA would call Fake News

    • What’s The T??? January 29, 2019

      Give us the name of the club. What neighborhood????

    • SMH January 29, 2019

      @advocate LMAO. Stop lying. That doesn’t even sound believable, sounds like something made up by a jealous queen for attention lol.

    • Kurtz January 30, 2019

      Wow your story is amazing with no facts
      I also heard he got attacked by aliens ?

      Why can’t you just wish him well and be on your merry way!!

    • Joshua January 30, 2019

      I can confirm what he is saying that Jussie usually goes to the club. The second I can not say anything because I was not there in the day.

  6. Just me January 29, 2019

    I wonder if Jussie even knew Lee would be posting that photo he took of him during their FT call?

    • iPhone User January 29, 2019

      im pretty sure facetime tells you when a picture is taken

  7. Tina Pace January 29, 2019

    God bless you sweetie, no one ever has the right to do those things to you or any one else, please know you are in my prayers always.

  8. Ughhh January 29, 2019

    Lee Daniels trying to make it about him. Let’s his siblings who are also famous reveal his photo or his team.

    • SMH January 29, 2019


  9. Realist January 29, 2019

    It just sounds too far fetched. Reports are saying he drove himself to the hospital, but then the same report said he called the police and when they arrived he had a rope around his neck. So then why didn’t the police bring him to the hospital? They just said, “Okay man, well you should drive yourself to the hospital now.” Where was the bleach thrown? And who in the hell is walking around with bleach and a rope in an alley at 2:00 in the morning? I think it’s baloney. Makes no sense. Publicity stunt. Did you see the tiny little scratch under his eye?? No bruising, no black eyes, no busted lip….. but two WHITE guys that he cannot describe, attacked him and then what?? They scratched his cheek? Two men can’t beat a guy up for real? They have bleach and a rope??? Stupid, made up BS.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian ??‍♀️??‍♀️ Not TROLLmine nor TRASHmine January 29, 2019

      What’s baloney? Did you mean bologna???? Stop using your spider senses to sense what’s fishy when you can’t even sense correct spelling ????‍♀️??‍♀️

      • Realist January 29, 2019

        No. I didn’t mean cheap meat. I wrote what is correct. I CAN sense that you’re an idiot. Also what do spiders and fish have in common?? Maybe you da one dat need the the edumacation dere Da Bi.
        foolish or deceptive talk; nonsense.
        “typical salesman’s baloney”

    • SMH January 29, 2019

      Well I highly doubt the Chicago Police Department would release a statement on the incident if it was “baloney”. ?

      • Realist January 30, 2019

        Oh noooooo…. they’d never realease a false statement! You must right. Bye-bye now! Ignorance is bliss 🙂

  10. eric January 29, 2019

    A small abrasion under one eye with no bruising doesn’t fit the description of a hate-filled attack by two people out to brutally beat and lynch someone. He won’t miss a single production day. Remember when the media studied and picked apart the Zimmerman photos from the night he claimed Trayvon beat him to the point that he almost lost consciousness? The only reason that scrutiny is absent here is because the media fears backlash from the black and gay communities. The response right now is more emotional than logical.

    • SMH January 29, 2019

      The Chicago PD released a statement on the incident. Sorry if that kills your conspiracy theory.?

      • Realist January 30, 2019

        The statement released is that they are investigating the incident…… that’s the statement. They just are stating what they are doing. That’s what a statement IS…. So what is YOUR point? Now I’m smh…..

    • eric January 29, 2019

      And timed perfectly with the themes and subject matter of RENT, aired Sunday by the same studio that produces Empire. Coincidence?

  11. Damon dash January 31, 2019

    If anyone believed anything the fiction writer Lee Daniels has to say, you need to sit yo ass down and have a talk with Damon dash about Lee Daniels..or YouTube search both names together

    • Realist January 31, 2019

      Wow! Sounds like Lee Daniels is not only a fake news media monger, but a Narcissistic Gaslighter as well! I hope you finally got your money back Mr. Dash. Thanks for sharing that video with us.

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