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>> Actor Jussie Smollett of the hit TV series, Empire, was assaulted in Chicago early Tuesday according to police. The victim of a possible hate crime. Chicago PD say 36-year-old Smollett, was approached on the street by two unknown assailants at about 2 AM local time. They allegedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at the actor who is gay.
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Tied a rope around his neck, hit him in the face and poured what authorities called quote, an unknown chemical substance, on him. Several media outlets are reporting that that substance was bleach. Lee Daniels, the acclaimed writer-director and creator of Empire, issued this emotional statement on social media.>> And no racist
BLEEP] c
n come in and do the things that they did to you.
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Hold your head up, Jesse. I'm with you. I'll be there in a minute. It's just another
BLEEP] d
y in America.>> Smollett plays the character Jamal Lyon on Empire. A member of the family that is the focus of the show. His brother Jake and sister Jurnee Smollett-Bell are also actors.
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Smollet was reported to be in good condition, after taking himself to the hospital.