Empire star Jussie Smollett hospitalized after a “possible racially charged” attack

Empire star Jussie Smollett hospitalized after a “possible racially charged” attack

According to TMZ, Empire star Jussie Smollett was returning to Chicago from New York at around 2am, As he left his local subway, two men reportedly shouted at him: “Aren’t you that faggot ‘Empire’ n*****?”

“The 2 men — both white and wearing ski masks — viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib,” the outlet alleged. “They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, ‘This is MAGA country.’”

The Empire star was taken to Northwestern Memorial for treatment and was discharged later on Tuesday morning.

Chicago Police Department Chief Spokesman Anthony Gugliemi described the attack as a “possible racially-charged assault and battery,” and they would treat the investigation as a possible hate crime.

“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,” Gugliemi said. “Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime. Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline.”

At the moment, some are claiming the attack on Jussie Smollett was racially motivated, and some are claiming it was an attack on Smollett’s sexuality.

In March 2015, the 35-year-old actor came out as gay in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, similar to his character Jamal Lyon. He has yet to publicly comment on Monday’s incident.

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