Jussie Smollett Cancels Meet And Greet With Fans 'For Security Reasons'
Actor and singer Jussie Smollett has cancelled a meet and greet session at his first concert back since being the victim of a suspected hate crime in Chicago.
The promoters of the West Hollywood event sent an email out to ticket-holders the night before the gig, asking to be "forgiven".
"For security reasons we cannot accommodate any meet & greets. Your meet and greet upgrade can either be refunded, or donated to the Black AIDS Institute in your name," the TMZ-published email read.
Chicago police are investigating what Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, has called a racist and homophobic attack that left him in hospital.
The Empire star told police two masked men attacked him in the early hours of Tuesday, as he walked back to an apartment building from a restaurant.
He said he was punched, insulted with racist and homophobic barbs, had a chemical substance poured on him and a noose tied around his neck.
Footage of Smollett with a rope around his neck as he entered the apartment building has been confirmed by police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi, who said: "It was being worn like a necktie, but shaped like a noose."
Smollett said his assailants shouted the phrase “MAGA country", in reference to Donald Trump's 'Make America Great Again' slogan.
A threatening letter that targeted Smollett was reportedly sent to the FOX network in Chicago, where Empire is filmed, before the attack.
While police has released vision of two “potential persons of interest” seen in the area, no arrests have been made.
On Friday, Smollett released his first statement since the attack. He thanked his supporters and said: "My body is strong, but my soul is stronger."
"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."
He said that what happened to him should not be dismissed as an isolated incident.
'We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process.'
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