“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized early Tuesday following an assault in Chicago in what is described as a possible hate crime, Variety has confirmed.
According to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was beaten by two men who approached him by yelling out “racial and homophobic slurs.” They proceeded to assault Smollett and “poured an unknown chemical substance” on him.
The two men are also said to have put a noose around Smollett’s neck before fleeing on foot. Smollett then transported himself to an area hospital and is described as being in “good condition.”
Smollett was in Chicago ahead of a concert he was set to perform on Saturday.
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