Comedian Mike Epps is daring the unnamed attacks of Jussie Smollett to see him in the streets – literally. The Hollywood veteran has encouraged the alleged hate crime attackers to see him in-person.

Mike went to Instagram Wednesday (January 30) to announce he’ll soon be in Chicago and ready to see if the criminals will approach him the same way.

This week, reports revealed Jussie might have turned down having security days after Fox Studios received a threatening letter aimed at him.

We’re told Fox made the call to beef up security for everyone on set and wanted to give Jussie additional protection around the clock … but, he declined. Our sources say he made the decision to not have extra security during off-hours because it was an intrusive way of living. Our “Empire” production sources tell us Jussie will have 24/7 armed security going forward … at least until the 2 thugs are apprehended. (TMZ)

According to reports, the horrific attack went down Tuesday in Chicago.

The Empire star, 36, was approached by two people who began “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs toward him,” according to Guglielmi. “The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim. At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck.” The attackers fled the scene before Smollett transported himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He has since been released. Guglielmi tells Us that the actor is in “good condition,” and detectives are investigating the incident. (Us Weekly)

Some reports claim Smollett recently received an anti-gay and racist message.

Details are incoming, however it appears the horrendous incident was premeditated. For, sources say Smollett first received this chilling threat through the post. (That Grape Juice)