Empire’s Jussie Smollett hospitalized after racist,homophobic attack

Actor Jussie Smollett, who stars as middle son Jamal Lyon on Fox’s Empire, is in good condition at a Chicago hospital today after being attacked by two men in the city’s Loop area around 2 a.m. last night. 

Smollett was reportedly exiting a Subway restaurant when he was approached by two men yelling racial and homophobic slurs who began battering Smollett and poured bleach on him. 

They then wrapped a noose around his neck before fleeing the scene, as The Chicago Tribune reports. 

Smollett then took himself to the hospital.

In a statement, the Chicago Police Department says, “Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.” (You think?) It’s unclear at this time whether Smollett was specifically targeted for the attack, but he is openly gay, telling Ellen DeGeneres in 2015, “There is no closet, there’s never been a closet that I’ve been in.”

GLAAD has released a statement saying it has reached out to Fox and Smollett’s team offering assistance, calling him “a true champion for LGBTQ people [who] is beloved by the community and allies around the world.”

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