A tragic story is being reported out of Chicago today. A young television star was reportedly beaten very badly during what may have been a hate crime.
"'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett has been hospitalized after allegedly being brutally attacked by two men early Tuesday morning in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime," reported Fox News.
According to police, Jussie said the men hit him in the face and proceeded to pour an unknown chemical on him before wrapping a rope around his neck. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital following the attack
"Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime," Chicago Police said in a statement. "Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline."
Social media was filled with comments and prayers for the young star. Many people offered their support as he works on recovering.
"Police: 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett was assaulted in Chicago on Tuesday by two men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him and wrapped a rope around his neck, the actor has told police; the incident is being investigated as a hate crime," according to NBC News.
"Our thoughts are with Jussie Smollett after this horrifying attack. It’s a tragic reminder that racism and homophobia are still rampant in the U.S. @HRC applauds the Chicago Police Department for investigating this attack against @JussieSmollett as a possible hate crime," wrote the Human Rights Campaign on Twitter.
Jussie was scheduled to perform in a show on Saturday. It is unclear if he will still be in the production. He has been open in the past about his personal life.
"I choose not to talk about my personal life. But there is without a doubt, no closet that I've ever been in, and I just wanted to make that clear. But it was most important for me to make that clear to you on your show at this time in the world. And that's where I'm at," he shared on Ellen in 2015.
Please join us in praying for Jussie during this awful time. We pray that the police bring his attackers to justice and that something awful like this never occurs again.
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