“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was reportedly attacked early Tuesday in what Chicago police are considering to be a possible hate crime.
Smollett was reportedly attacked by a group of men who yelled homophobic and racist slurs towards him. The suspects also reportedly threw an unknown chemical on him, as well as tying a rope around his neck.
Smollett was able to take himself to a nearby hospital for treatment. He, as well as his character on “Empire,” are openly gay. “Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” the police statement said.