(AllHipHop News) Jussie Smollett's Los Angeles concert on Saturday is to go ahead, despite the "Empire" star being targeted in a vicious attack on Tuesday morning.
Smollett, who plays an openly gay musician in the TV series, was hospitalized after two white men targeted him near his apartment in Chicago, Illinois in the early hours of Tuesday.
The men, who wore black ski masks, are said to have brutally beaten the 35-year-old, pouring an unknown chemical substance over him - which some outlets have reported as bleach - before using a rope as a noose around his neck.
Prior to the attack, the actor and musician was scheduled to perform at West Hollywood venue The Troubadour on Saturday, and Paul Kacik, of concert booking company Sean Healy Presents, told The Los Angeles Times that they are "going on with the show as far as we know, until we hear anything different."
Police are investigating the assault as a "possible hate crime" as the suspects allegedly recognized the actor from his work and called him out, shouting, "Aren't you that f##got Empire n##ger?" In an interview with the Chicago Police Department after the attack, Smollett is said to have told officers that the suspects also shouted "MAGA country."
MAGA stands for "Make America Great Again," a slogan which has become synonymous with controversial U.S. President Donald Trump.
The noose was still around Smollett's neck when the police interviewed him 45 minutes after the attack, which is thought to have left him with a fractured rib.
Smollett was overwhelmed with support from his celebrity friends following the attack, with stars including Viola Davis, Kerry Washington, Ariana Grande and "Empire" creator Lee Daniels voicing their shock and horror over the incident.
Chicago P.D. spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi added in a tweet on Tuesday evening that police have "expanded the search area for cameras to be able to provide photos of the alleged assailants in this attack.
"No video of the alleged assailants or a vehicle has been discovered but we are continuing to broaden our search."
Smollett's castmates on the set of "Empire," which has halted production due to extreme weather in Chicago, where it's filmed, have also been provided with counselors, who they can discuss the horrific attack with and ask any questions.
In addition, Smollett and his co-stars will be provided with armed security when they go out onto the streets of Chicago to shoot scenes.