Terrence Howard has broken his silence on Empire co-star Jussie Smollett’s horrific ‘hate crime’.
The 49-year-old Oscar nominee appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to address the brutal attack, which saw the actor hospitalised as a result of his injuries.
I heard he’s getting better. You know, he’s angry,’ Howard told the GMA hosts. ‘But I know Jussie. Jussie’s anger will dissipate and he will forgive these people for what they did. But he won’t, and we cannot, forget their actions. They have to be forgiven because it was done out of ignorance.’
Jussie’s the one that starts singing when everybody’s in a bad mood,’ Howard continued. ‘He’s the one that cheers everybody up. He’s the one that does all the Instagrams if he catches you sleeping.
Today, no one was caught sleeping. ‘No one even took time to close their eyes and nap. They were all in shock that our family – you know, the Fox family, the Empire family, the Lyon family – were attacked by a bunch of hyenas today.’
Jussie, who plays Howard’s son in the series, was ‘brutally attacked’ by two men wearing ski masks at around 2am on Tuesday morning in an incident police are investigating as a ‘possible hate crime’.
The 35-year-old actor had arrived in the city late on Monday and headed to Subway for food at around 2am, when he was approached by the men.
It’s been claimed they asked him: ‘Aren’t you that f****t Empire n*****?’ before beating him, ‘putting a rope around his neck and pouring bleach on him.
Jussie still had a rope around his neck when he made contact with Chicago PD and in a follow up interview he said they yelled ‘MAGA country’ as they walked away.
MAGA stands for Make America Great Again, President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan and which is now used as a not-so-subtle code by white supremacists and racists