Attempted lynching

Jussie Smollet attacked by homophobes who tied a noose around his neck and doused him in bleach

Jussie Smollett in a pink shirt

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.

Jussie Smollett hate letter

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.

Related: Twitter responds to the attempted lynching of Jussie Smollett