Jussie Smollett, star of FOX’s Empire, was the target of a homophobic attack in Chicago on early Tuesday morning, according to TMZ.
The 36-year-old actor, who is openly gay, was reportedly approached by two men outside a Subway restaurant around 2:00 a.m. local time. The assailants, described as white men wearing ski masks, asked Smollett if he was “that f***ot Empire n*****?” and proceeded to attack him with a rope and bleach.
TMZ reports that the men broke one of Smollett’s ribs, briefly tied the rope around his neck, and poured bleach on him. As they fled the scene they allegedly yelled, “This is MAGA country!”
Smollett hospitalized at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial, where he was treated for his injuries. He is listed in “good condition.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chicago police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
This is a developing story…