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'Empire' star Jussie Smollett attacked in Chicago by men hurling homophobic and racial slurs

'Empire' star Jussie Smollett attacked in Chicago by men hurling homophobic and racial slurs

"Empire" performing actor Jussie Smollett was ambushed in Chicago on Tuesday by two men who flung racial and homophobic slurs at him and folded a rope over his neck in an assault police are examining as a detest wrongdoing, authorities said.

Smollett, 36, had quite recently arrived around the local area from New York and was out motivating some food at around 2 a.m. CT (3 a.m. ET) on East North Lower Water Street when two men assaulted him, the performer told police.

Two "obscure guilty parties moved toward him and picked up his consideration by shouting out racial and homophobic slurs towards him," as per an announcement from the Chicago Police Department. "The wrongdoers started to hitter the unfortunate casualty with their hands about the face and poured an obscure synthetic substance on the person in question."

The synthetic is accepted to be blanch, as indicated by a source comfortable with the examination.

"Sooner or later amid the occurrence, one of the guilty parties folded a rope over the injured individual's neck," the announcement proceeded. "The guilty parties fled the scene."

Smollett, who is dark and gay, took himself to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment. The degree of his wounds was not promptly known.

"Given the seriousness of the claims, we are considering this examination important and regarding it as a conceivable abhor wrongdoing," Chicago police representative Anthony Guglielmi said. "Investigators are right now attempting to accumulate video, distinguish potential observers and set up an insightful course of events. The unfortunate casualty is completely collaborating."

"We are profoundly disheartened and insulted to discover that an individual from our EMPIRE family, Jussie Smollett, was violently assaulted the previous evening," as indicated by an organization explanation.

"We send our adoration to Jussie, who is versatile and solid, and we will work with law authorization to convey these culprits to equity. The whole studio, system and creation stands joined even with any disgusting demonstration of viciousness and despise — and particularly against one of our own."

Companions and colleagues of Smollett's notwithstanding gay-rights advocates additionally stood up about the assault.

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