'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Hospitalized After Suspected Hate Crime

'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Hospitalized After Suspected Hate Crime
Empire star Jussie Smollett was admitted to hospital earlier today, following an attack in Chicago.
 
The assault is suspected to be a hate crime, as Chicago police released a statement saying that Smollett was beaten by two men who were yelling "racial and homophobic slurs" at him. They proceeded to pour "an unknown chemical substance" on the 35-year-old actor and put a rope around his neck before running away.
 
Chicago Police later confirmed that the attackers yelled, "MAGA country," implicating them as supporters of Donald Trump.
 
Smollett got himself to a local hospital and has since been described as in "good condition."
 
According to TMZ, the actor had arrived in Chicago late after a delayed flight, and he was out getting food when the attack happened at approximately 2 a.m. local time Tuesday morning.
 
Smollett's character on Empire, Jamal Lyon, came out as gay in the first season of the show. Smollett himself came out as gay in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres in 2015.
 
GLAAD has issued a statement in support of Smollett since news of the attack broke. It reads: "GLAAD reached out to Fox and Jussie's team today to offer assistance as well as support for him. Jussie is a true champion for LGBTQ people and is beloved by the community and allies around the world."
 
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