Star of ‘Empire Jussie Smollett Attacked By Two People Who Wrapped a Tope
Around His Neck, Yelled Racial & Homophobic Slurs .
Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the Fox television show “Empire,” was attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning by two people who yelled racial and homophobic
slurs and wrapped a rope around his neck, according to the police, who said they were investigating the incident as “a possible hate crime” according to New York Times.
Smollett, who is black and publicly came out as gay in 2015, was walking on a downtown street when two people approached him and yelled the slurs, according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department. The attackers then began hitting Smollett in the face and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him.
One of the attackers also wrapped a rope around Smollett’s neck before the duo fled. Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital and was described as in “good condition.”
Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police statement said.