John Legend, Reese Witherspoon and more stars speak out after 'Empire' star Jussie Smollett's attack

By Meaghan Wray

Jussie Smollett, star of the critically acclaimed TV show Empire, was brutally attacked around 2 a.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 29) in Chicago. In the wake of the tragic news, stars – from John Legend to Olivia Munn, Ellen DeGeneres and Reese Witherspoon – have taken to social media to send their love and support to the actor.

The 35-year-old actor was attacked by two men in ski masks, TMZ reported, who recognized Jussie from the popular show. According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department shared on Twitter, the incident is being investigated as a hate crime. The star was taken to the hospital, and well-wishes for the award-winning actor came flooding in.

Chrissy Teigen's husband John was one of the first to reach out on Twitter, writing his family supports him and prays "that you find peace and justice."

Reese wrote on Twitter that she's "praying for your recovery" after the "truly horrible racist, homophobic hate crime."

Actress Zendaya, too, wrote that she hopes "there is justice," while Olivia asserted "Jussie's life matters" in an emotionally charged tweet the day the tragedy took place.

Four years ago, Ellen wrote on Twitter, Jussie came out on her TV show – something the 61-year-old is famous for having done on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997. "I'm sending him and his family so much love today," she tweeted.

Many more stars, like Jussie's Empire co-star Vivica Fox, the show's creator, Lee Daniels, singer Kehlani, Ariana Grande, Gabrielle Union and more reached out.

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