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(CNN)“Empire” star Jussie Smollett was assaulted in the morning hours on Tuesday in what Chicago cops are calling a possible hate criminal offense.
One of Smollett’s supposed assaulters likewise put a rope around his neck, according to cops. Both left the scene.
Smollett took himself to Northwestern Hospital and “remains in great condition,” authorities stated.
He was shaken and upset that an attack like this might occur. Smollett informed CNN he resisted at the aggressors.
“Given the intensity of the accusations, we are taking this examination extremely seriously and treating it as a possible hate criminal offense,” the authorities declaration stated.
Investigators are evaluating the chemical Smollett stated he was splashed with and have yet to validate the nature of the compound.
Smollett has actually starred on Fox’s “Empire” considering that 2015. He plays Jamal, an effective vocalist in the musical Lyon household. Like his character, Smollett determines as gay.
“We are annoyed and deeply saddened to discover that a member of our ‘Em pire’ household, Jussie Smollett, was viciously assaulted last night,” an agent of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment stated in a declaration to CNN. “We send our love to Jussie, who is strong and durable, and we will deal with police to bring these criminals to justice. The whole studio, network and production stands unified in the face of any despicable act of violence and hate– and particularly versus among our own.”
An agent for GLAAD informed CNN the company has actually connected Smollett to use help and assistance.
“Jussie is a real champ for LGBTQ individuals and is precious by the neighborhood and allies worldwide,” a GLAAD representative stated in a declaration.
Anyone with details is asked to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.