“Empire” star Jussie Smollett attacked in hate crime

A star of FOX’s “Empire,” Jussie Smollett, was attacked by two men at a Subway shop in Chicago in what is being described as a homophobic and racially motivated attack.

Smollett, who is African-American and an out gay man, went to get a sandwich upon returning to Chicago early in the morning. Upon leaving the store, two men reportedly shouted at him: “Aren’t you that faggot ‘Empire’ n*****?”

TMZ reported that, “the 2 men—both white and wearing ski masks—viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, ‘This is MAGA country.’”

Smollett went to the hospital following the attack and was discharged the following morning. Police are considering investigating the attack as a hate crime.

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