He Had Been Recently Threatened
ThatGrapeJuice.Net first shared this letter, which was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago with cut out letters spelling, "You will die black f**." It was sent eight days before the attack.
We Believe This is a Photo of Smollett in the Hospital
It was posted by TMZ.
Security Has Been Hired
For the entire cast of Empire, that is. The stars were told about the attack late Tuesday morning when they went in to work.
FOX Issues a Statement
It reads: "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 FBI Has Been on the Case
Federal agents had been looking into the threat surrounding Smollett ever since he received that letter.
Is There Surveillance Video?
Police have obtained some footage of Smollett walking down the street from a Target store in the area and are hoping to gather more video evidence from other stores in the vicinity.