Smollett was treated at a hospital on Jan. 29 for what Chicago Police are labeling as a possible hate crime. According to authorities, two male suspects yelled homophobic and racial slurs at the actor before pouring “an unknown substance” on him. One of the culprits reportedly tied a rope around Smollett’s neck in the manner of a noose.
Several celebs have offered words of sympathy to Smollett, including “Love ‘Em All” singer K. Michelle.
The award-winning musician took to her Instagram Wednesday, Jan. 30, to share a photo of herself with Smollett. In her photo caption, she called the actor a “beautiful soul” while also sending him well-wishes as he seemingly recovers from his mental, physical and emotional scars.
photo credit@kmichellemusic L) K. Michelle and R) Jussie Smollett
“My prayers go out to @jussiesmollett The world we live in is cold,” K. Michelle wrote. “Such a beautiful soul with amazing energy. You are loved my brother✊🏾❤️.”
Other fans chimed in underneath K.’s photo, applauding her for showing the “Empire” star with support.
“This is what sincerity and genuine concern looks like ❤️ you K and Jussie, keep your head up sweetheart we all have your back,” one fan wrote.
Another added, “Good to see you supporting him @kmichellemusic 👏🏾🙏🏾❤️. We love you Jussie praying for you and your family 😢.”
K. Michelle and Smollett performed together at the “36th annual UNCF: An Evening of Stars” music event in 2015 in Atlanta.
“I wish what happened to my baby was just one big bad joke but it wasn’t and we all feel his pain right now,” Henson wrote. ” @jussiesmollett is pure love to the bone AND THAT IS WHY SO MANY ARE FEELING HIS PAIN BECAUSE IT IS OUR PAIN!!! I tell you one thing HATE WILL NOT WIN!!!! My baby is resilient and love still lives in him.”
Smollett’s family released a statement on Jan. 31 since the reported assault against him.
“We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime,” the victim’s family said on social media via his sister Jurnee Bell. “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.”