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‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett recovering after racist, homophobic attack

The attack occurred in Chicago.

January 29, 2019
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Empire star Jussie Smollett is currently in the hospital after a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago late Monday night.

According to TMZ, two men wearing ski masks approached Smollett, who is openly gay, outside of a Subway. They yelled racist and homophobic slurs at the actor and put his head in a noose.

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The Chicago Police said in a statement that the alleged attackers also “pour an unknown chemical substance on the victim” and fled the scene. Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

“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,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.


Smollett transported himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and is in “good condition.”

The 36-year-old actor plays openly gay Jamal Lyon on the FOX musical drama. The show premiered in 2015 and films in Chicago for most of the year. He stars alongside Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Bryshere Gray.

Many people including actors, writers and fans commented on the incident and hoped for the best for Smollett after the horrible attack.


Written by Alex Darus