This is absolutely horrifying.
Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men who beat him up, put his head in a noose, and shouted, “This is MAGA country”, TMZ reports.
The assault happened at around 2AM on Tuesday morning, shortly after Smollett arrived in Chicago from New York.
According to sources, 36-year-old Smollett went into a sandwich shop for a bite to eat when one of the two men, who are being described as white and wearing ski masks, shouted, “Aren’t you that f*ggot ‘Empire’ n*gger?”
The men then jumped on Smollett, beating him so badly that they fractured one of his ribs. After pinning him down, they put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted “This is MAGA country!” before fleeing the scene.
Smollett was rushed to Northwestern Memorial, where he was treated and discharged a few hours later.
ThatGrapeJuice.Net published a letter which was purportedly addressed to Smollett and sent to Fox Studios in Chicago with cut out letters spelling, “You will die black f*g.”
The letter was sent a few days before the attack.
The Chicago Police Department are investigating.
“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” police said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter.