“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett informed police in a follow-up interview that the 2 males who attacked him in Chicago early Tuesday morning yelled “MAGA nation” throughout the racist and homophobic assault.
CBS Information confirmed with Chicago police that the 2 masked attackers cited President Donald Trump’s “Make America Nice Once more” slogan after bodily attacking the actor. Chicago police launched a press release Tuesday, describing the assault as a “attainable racially-charged assault and battery.”
“Within the preliminary stories there was no point out of MAGA,” a police assertion supplied to Folks reads. “When detectives [followed] up with him later within the day, he recalled the offenders making these feedback and detectives accomplished a supplemental report.”
Smollett, a homosexual actor who performs the character Jamal Lyon on Fox’s “Empire,” was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the assault. Police report he’s in “good situation.”
“The alleged assailants made racially charged feedback to the sufferer implying that they knew he was a star from the present,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi informed the Chicago Solar Instances.
Police informed HuffPost that two unknown males started “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs” earlier than bodily attacking the actor. In the course of the assault, the 2 males “poured an unknown chemical substance,” probably bleach, on him and one of many attackers wrapped a rope round his neck. Police and FBI are at present investigating the assault as a “attainable hate crime.”
The FBI has taken over the investigation within the wake of stories that Smollett has obtained a threatening letter previous to the assault.
“Given the severity of the allegations, we’re taking this investigation very significantly and treating it as a attainable hate crime,” Chicago police mentioned in a Tuesday assertion. “Detectives are at present working to collect video, establish potential witnesses and set up an investigative timeline.”