Jussie Smollett of “Empire” Attacked in Potential Hate Crime

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Jussie Smollett of “Empire” Attacked in Potential Hate Crime

Emily Dozier, Staff Writer

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Since the television series “Empire” premiered on Fox in 2015, star Jussie Smollett captured the hearts of millions of people before the series finale in 2018. In the show, Smollett played a young gay musician.

But around 2 a.m. on January 29th, the actor was brutally assaulted in a downtown Chicago neighborhood. Two offenders approached him at this time before yelling homophobic and racial slurs at the black, gay actor.

The attack didn’t stop there. Smollett’s offenders then beat and poured an unknown chemical on him. A rope was tied around his neck before both attackers fled on foot. Smollett was able to fight back and managed to transport himself to Northwestern Hospital. He is assured to be in good condition.

Because of the severity of the allegations, police are viewing the assault as a possible hate crime. A representative of Fox Entertainment and 20th Century Fox released a statement saying, “We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our ‘Empire’ family, Jussie Smollett, was viciously attacked last night. We send our love to Jussie, who is resilient and strong, and we will work with law enforcement to bring these perpetrators to justice. The entire studio, network and production stands united in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate — and especially against one of our own.”

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