Empire actor Jussie Smollett was attacked Tuesday morning in Chicago in what authorities are calling a possible hate crime. According to a Chicago Police Department statement, the attackers punched him, poured an unknown chemical substance on him and tied a noose around his neck. The two perpetrators also called Smollett racial and homophobic slurs before physically attacking him.
Several of Smollett’s fans and friends took to social media to wish him a healthy recovery, including John Legend, Morgan Freeman, Al Sharpton
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