Written By: Marsha P.
Empire star Jussie Smollett was hospitalized early Tuesday morning in Chicago following an attack by two men wearing MAGA hats and shouting both racist and homophobic slurs. According to the police statement, the two men beat Smollett, poured an “unknown chemical substance” on him (bleach, according to TMZ) and “wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck.”
Smollet reportedly suffered a fractured rib and was transported to Northwestern Memorial for treatment before being released later Tuesday morning. The assault follows the arrival of a threatening letter reportedly sent to Fox’s Chicago studios last week which was addressed to Smollett and contained a threat to his life along with similar hateful slurs.