Super talented “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in the early morning hours on Tuesday in Chicago, in what Chicago police are calling a possible hate crime.
The actor was attacked by two people “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” and “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim,” police said.
According to police, one of Smollett’s alleged attackers also put a rope around his neck. Both attackers fled the scene. Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital and “is in good condition,”
Jussie told CNN he fought back at the attackers.
“Given the severity of these allegations, the Chicago Police are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police statement said.
Smollett has starred on Fox’s “Empire” since 2015. He plays Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family. Like his character, Smollett identifies as gay in real life.
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