Empire star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized in Chicago after being attacked around 2am on Tuesday, January 29, in what is being categorized as a hate crime.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was walking when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him.
Sources informed TMZ that one of those slurs were, “Aren’t you that faggot ‘Empire’ nigger?”
The offenders, two white men in ski masks, began to batter Smollett with their hands and poured an unknown chemical substance on him. At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around his neck. The offenders eventually fled the scene, and Smollett self-transported to Northwestern Hospital.
The Chicago Police Department released this statement: Overnight, the Chicago Police Department received a report of a possible racially-charged assault and battery involving a cast member of the television show Empire. Given the severity of allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime. Detectives are currently working to gather a video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline. The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at (312) 747-8382 or report is anonymously to www.cpdtip.com.
ThatGrapeJuice.Net reported that Smollett received homophobic hate mail just 8 days before the attack.
Jussie Smollett is reportedly in good condition and may have already been discharged.