Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked physically and had a rope tied around his neck in what Chicago police are investigating as a hate crime.
According to sources connected to Smollet, the Empire star arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday night. Around 2 AM the actor went to grab a bite to eat and was approached by two men who yelled racist, homophobic slurs at him.
The TMZ source says that the two men draped in ski masks, attacked Jussie Smollett after chiding him with racist, homophobic slurs. Jussie fought back but was still beaten badly. The suspects then put a rope around his neck and poured an “unknown chemical substance” on Smollett before fleeing the scene.