Jussie Smollett has had to cancel his meet-and-greet with fans in L.A. this weekend due to security concerns.
According to TMZ, an email was sent out to ticketholders of Smollett’s sold-out show at the Troubador Saturday night saying that the meet-and-greet session has been canceled.
“For security reasons we cannot accommodate any meet & greets.”
TMZ adds that the email doesn’t refer to any specific threat.
The Empire star’s show comes days after the brutally homophobic and racist attack he endured in Chicago on Tuesday morning.
Smollett was grabbing a quick bite from a local Subway when he was attacked by two men wearing “Make America Great Again” hats. The thugs beat him, poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him, and tied a noose around his neck while calling him racist and homophobic slurs.
Smollett is now set to have 24/7 armed security at least until the two men who attacked him Tuesday morning are apprehended.
The FBI and Chicago Police Department are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime. Investigators have located a surveillance camera that shows people who are now wanted for questioning, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement on Twitter.
Smollett exclusively told ESSENCE that he’s recovering, but that he’s thankful for the mass outpouring of support he’s received over the last few days.
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett began in his statement to ESSENCE. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words. “