It appears that singer and ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett has been HOSPITALIZED after what we are thiking was a HOMOPHOBIC attack in Chicago!
The incident went down around 2 AM Tuesday in Chicago, and according to one report 2 men wearing ski masks placed a noose around Jussie’s neck during the attack. ThatGrapeJuice.Net says Jussie had recently received a creepy letter with cut out letters spelling, “You will die black f**.”
Law enforcement sources tell us Chicago PD is investigating the incident as a battery.
We know Jussie was admitted and treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the attack, but he’s already been released.
According to police, the actor told them the men struck him in the face with their hands and poured an unknown chemical on him before wrapping a rope around his neck.
“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” Chicago Police said in a statement. “Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline.”
Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital and “is in good condition,” police told CNN.
Later Tuesday, CNN’s Don Lemon spoke to Smollett and a mutual friend who was at the hospital with the actor. Smollett confirmed the incident took place.
He was shaken and angry that an attack like this could happen. Smollett told CNN he fought back at the attackers.
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.
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night,” a representative of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment said in a statement to CNN. “We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”
A representative for GLAAD told CNN the organization has reached out Smollett to offer assistance and support.
“Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world,” a GLAAD spokesperson said in a statement.
Anyone with information is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.