AceShowbiz - Jussie Smollett's family is confident the actor's alleged attackers will be brought to justice.
The "Empire" star was beaten and reportedly had a noose tied around his neck by masked men in a racist and homophobic attack in the early hours of Tuesday, January 29 in Chicago, Illinois.
Jussie has not spoken out about the incident, but his family has released an emotional statement calling for the suspects to be "held accountable" until the "hate crimes" stop.
"In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack," the statement reads. "We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice."
"Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed," it continues. "We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable."
According to reports, the perpetrators yelled out, "This is MAGA country" during the beating, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again". The controversial Republican leader has since condemned the attack, calling it "horrible."
"It doesn't get worse," he added.
Police officers are investigating the alleged attack and have released images of two people they want to question. However, they have not been publicly identified and no arrests have been made.
Meanwhile, production on Jussie's hit show has resumed in Chicago. The TV show went on a brief hiatus after frigid temperatures hit the city.