Empire actor Jussie Smollett faces a brutal homophobic attack
Empire's Jussie Smollett recently fell prey to a vicious and brazen hate crime. On Tuesday, the actor was attacked by two 'homophobic racists' according to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department. Apparently, the attackers yelled out racial and homophobic slurs at the actor and tied a rope around his neck. They also poured an unknown chemical substance on him and later fled from the scene. Smollett was then treated at Northwestern Hospital and is reportedly in ‘good condition’ at present.
"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 Guglielmi informed E! News. "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." Reportedly, Smollett was in Chicago preparing to perform at a concert on Saturday and had gone out for food after landing when the assault occurred.
Reacting to the incident, several celebrities, including Empire's co-creator Danny Strong, producer Eric Haywood, actors John Legend and Lena Waithe among others have voiced their condemnation of the attack on Smollett.
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I stand with you @jussiesmollett. We all do. This is America. Unfortunately.
Reports suggest that the investigation of the case has now been handed over to the FBI.