Empire Star Jussie Smollett Attacked in Homophobic Hate Crime

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MAGA supporters have reportedly taken a break from tiki-torch marches and harassing elderly Native Americans to viciously attack actor Jussie Smollett, TMZ reported earlier this morning. The assault reportedly happened as the “Empire” actor was getting something to eat in Chicago.

Two unknown assailants reportedly hurled homophobic and racist insults at the actor, then poured bleach on him, and wrapped a rope around his neck before they ran off, according to a police statement. The Chicago Police Department said that they are “taking the investigation very seriously” and they are treating this as a hate crime.

The attack was so severe that the 35-year-old had to be treated in the hospital for a fractured rib. He has thankfully since been released from the hospital and is reported to be in good condition.

This wasn’t the first time the openly gay actor has been targeted for his race or sexuality. Just days before this incident, ThatGrapeJuice.Net says that Smollett had received a letter with the chilling threat:  “You will die black f**.”

Photo from: ThatGrapeJuice.Net

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