Jussie Smollett: Empire’s Star Hospitalized After Homophobic, Racist Attack
Empire star, Jussie Smollett is currently in the hospital after being attacked in Chicago on Tuesday by two masked men.
Moments after he landed in the city from New York, Smollett was walking to get food when two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him.
According to TMZ, the offenders began to batter Smollett with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
Speaking with the police, the Empire actor said his assailants yelled “MAGA country” during the attack.
The slogan was used by Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential campaign.
The Chicago Police Department confirmed this information and told E! News in a statement.
“In the initial reports there was no mention of MAGA. When detectives followed up with [Smollett] later in the day, he recalled the offenders making those comments and detectives completed a supplemental report.”
“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,” CPD Chief Spokesman Anthony Gugliemi also 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.”
Meanwhile, celebrities are showing their support for the actor after he was the victim of a suspected hate crime in Chicago.
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