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'Empire' Actor Jussie Smollett Hospitalised After He Was Assaulted in Chicago

The assault involved two people yelling “racial and homophobic slurs”

Empire actor Jussie Smollet was hospitalized on Tuesday morning around 2 a.m. after being assaulted in Chicago, which the police are investigating as a “possible hate crime.”

The Chicago Police Department released a statement saying Jussie was attacked and beaten by two people who were yelling “racial and homophobic slurs.” The statement also described how the two people “poured and unknown chemical substance on the victim” and “wrapped a rope around the victims neck.”

TMZ is reporting the two people shouted, “This is MAGA country” during the attack, and it’s possibly connected to a note Fox Studios received eight days ago that was addressed to Jussie and said, “You will die black f*g.”

After the assault, Jussie took himself to Northwestern Memorial where he was later discharged and deemed in “good condition.”

Once the news broke, celebrities and his 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment family showed an outpouring of support for Jussie:

 

 

This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com.

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