Possible Hate Crime Attack on "Empire" Star Jussie Smollet

Chicago -- Jussie Smollet was attacked as he walked down a street last night.

 

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after a possible homophobic and "racially-charged assault and battery," Chief Anthony Guglielmi of the Chicago Police Department said in a statement Tuesday.

The attack is being investigated as a hate crime, according to a press release sent to USA TODAY.

"Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline," the press release stated. "The victim is fully cooperating with investigators and we ask anyone with information about this incident to contact Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382 or report it anonymously to www.cpdtip.com."

Two men attacked Smollet after yelling homophobic slurs, punching him and pouring an unkown chemical on him.

Smollet was able to get himself to the hospital, now hospitalized, in good condition according to reports.

The investigation is ongoing.

 


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