“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett was attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning in what police are calling a doable hate crime.
The Chicago Police Division confirmed to HuffPost that they obtained a report Tuesday morning solid member of “Empire” was the sufferer of a “doable racially-charged assault and battery.” Smollett was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the assault however has already been launched. Police stated the sufferer is in “good situation.”
Police reported that two unknown males started “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” earlier than attacking the “Empire” actor. Throughout the assault, the 2 males “poured an unknown chemical substance” on him and one of many attackers wrapped a rope round his neck.
TMZ, citing unnamed sources “instantly linked to Jussie,” reported that the lads yelled, “Aren’t you that faggot ‘Empire’ n****r?” The outlet additionally reported that the unknown chemical substance was bleach and that, after the assault, the lads advised Smollett “That is MAGA nation,” referring to President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Nice Once more.”
“Given the severity of the allegations, we’re taking this investigation very critically and treating it as a doable hate crime,” Chicago police advised HuffPost Tuesday morning. “Detectives are at the moment working to collect video, establish potential witnesses and set up an investigative timeline.”
The actor got here out as homosexual throughout an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Present” in 2015.
“It was an even bigger deal to everybody than it was for me. However on the identical time I do perceive why it’s one thing to speak about,” Smollett stated on the time, including, “I used to be prepared to speak about it. She advised me, ‘You don’t should.’ I might be without end grateful to Ellen for the kindness she confirmed me. And that made me need to speak about it.”
Folks, together with actress Zendaya and the Rev. Al Sharpton, reacted to the horrible information on Twitter.
This text has been up to date to incorporate extra details about the assault on Smollett.
Philip Lewis contributed reporting.