‘Empire’ Star Hospitalized in Racist, Homophobic Attack by ‘MAGA Supporters’: Report


Attackers Reportedly Poured Bleach on Him and Wrapped a Rope Around His Neck

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized after being attacked by two men who brutally beat him, poured bleach on him, wrapped a rope around his neck, and told him, "This is MAGA country," according to TMZ. Chicago Police also issued a statement (below).

TMZ described the two attackers as "MAGA supporters," which is what some die-hard fans of President Donald Trump are called.

"Sources directly connected to Jussie tell TMZ, the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway," TMZ reports. "We're told when he walked out, someone yelled, 'Aren't you that f***ot 'Empire' n*****?'"

Smollett suffered a fractured rib. He was treated and released by a local hospital.

A HuffPost editor tweeted out a statement from the Chicago Police Dept. which describes the incident as a "possible racially-charged assault and battery" that they are treating "as a possible hate crime."

While the statement mentions "homophobic slurs" it does not call it an anti-gay attack.

"Sources via ThatGrapeJuice.net also claim the Empire actor recently received a threatening letter in the mail with 'You will die black fag,' written in disturbing ransom-style cutout letters," The Root is also reporting.


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Image: Jussie Smollett/Instagram



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