Empire's Jussie Smollett brutally attacked in a race-related assault
'Empire' star Jussie Smollett is currently in hospital after being what has been described as a homophobic and racially motivated attack early Tuesday.
Reports say that the attack occurred shortly after he arrived from New York. The actor was walking around 2 a.m. and went to a Subway. The attack reportedly occurred as he was leaving.
Two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. The offenders began to beat Smollett with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
One of the offenders also wrapped a rope around Smollett's neck during the attack. They later fled the scene and Smollett transported himself to Northwestern Hospital where he is said to be in good condition.
"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 Gugliemi said in a statement to U.S. network 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."