Report: Men Yelled, “This Is MAGA Country” While Assaulting Empire Star Jussie Smollett in Possibly Racially Motivated Attack
Music and television star Jussie Smollett was beaten by two men in Chicago last night. While full details of the story are unknown, Chicago Police are investigating the assault as racially motivated.
According to TMZ, the men poured bleach on Smollett and wrapped a rope around his neck. The men reportedly asked the actor, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?” While the beating was taken place the men allegedly yelled, “This is MAGA country.”
Smollett, who stars on the TV show, Empire is openly gay both in the show and in real life. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday morning.
PBS News reporter Yamiche Alcindor tweeted, “Here’s what the Chicago Police sent me when I asked for more information. I talked to a Chicago PD officials who wouldn’t confirm that the suspects yelled “MAGA” and wouldn’t confirm whether the suspects were white. But it is clear they are looking at this as a hate crime.”
The incident is fast developing with more details are to come.