Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked in what appears to be a violent hate crime. The actor was then sent to a hospital, according to TMZ.
ThatGrapeJuice.net was first to report the story of Smollett’s attack. The crime happened sometime around 2 Am on Tuesday in Chicago. Allegedly, two men wearing ski masks jumped the actor and wrapped a noose around his neck.
ThatGrapeJuice also presented the following picture. They say that Jussie had recently received the below letter that spelled out “You will die black f**.”
Currently, the Chicago PD is investigating the situation as a battery crime until more information is acquired. Meanwhile, TMZ confirmed that Smollett was sent to the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, but has already been released.
We will update you as the story progresses.
Update: The Blast has acquired audio of the emergency dispatch call concerning Smollett's case.
The dispatcher states that a friend called about a friend that was assaulted "when he walked out of his apartment.” The dispatcher then states that the victim is “supposed to be well known,” and had a noose hung around his neck.
Police also know that a chemical substance was used during the attack. Smollett refused to be taken to the hospital by ambulance and instead checked himself in. He was later released "on good condition."
In addition, the two suspects have not been found yet, and police are investigating the case as a possible hate crime.