According to TMZ, Empire star Jussie Smollett was transported to the hospital after he was the victim of an apparent hate crime Tuesday around 2 a.m. in Chicago. Two men beat him up, put a rope around his neck and yelled out, ” This is MAGA country.”
Sources say that this attack was racially and homophobic charged. The attackers also poured an unidentified substance on Smollett. Both attackers fled the scene.
Smollett took himself to the hospital and according to CNN is in “good condition”.
Smollett told CNN he fought back at the attackers.
“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police statement said.
Here is the CPD Statement:
Smollett has starred on Fox’s “Empire” since 2015. He plays Jamal, a successful singer in the musical Lyon family. Like his character, Smollett identifies as gay.
Empire tweeted about the attack this morning:
Jussie Smollett is currently trending on Twitter with many celebrities sending their prayers to Jussie, as well as, sharing their digust for what happened.
I will keep updating this page with new information as it is made available, but something must be done about the hate in this country. This is NOT okay.
This tweet in particularly stuck with me:
This is America in 2019. We will never be great PERIOD until the hatred and violence stops.
Prayers to Jussie Smollett for a full recovery and prayers for our world. 🙏