Jussie Smollett

‘You will die’: ‘Empire’ star Jussie Smollett attacked by two suspects shouting racial, homophobic slurs who reportedly wrap noose around his neck and pour chemicals on him

The gay black actor was reportedly called slurs and assaulted before two men wrapped a noose around his neck

“Empire” star Jussie Smollett is recovering following an attack that authorities are reportedly investigating as a hate crime.

As reported by TMZ, Smollett, 35, had traveled from New York to Chicago and was exiting a Subway at 2 a.m. Tuesday when he was approached by two white men wearing ski masks—one of whom yelled, “Aren’t you that f**** ‘Empire’ n****r?” before attacking the openly gay, black actor.

Sources told the tabloid that the men attacked Smollett, poured bleach on him, and tied a noose around his neck before saying, “This is MAGA country.”

CNN, however, reports that police have not officially identified the liquid poured on the actor as bleach; they indicated the suspects “poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim.”

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The men reportedly fled the scene after the attack.

Smollett was hospitalized for a fractured rib and released early Tuesday. Chicago police released a statement that confirmed they’re treating the incident as a possible hate crime.

“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.”

A letter exclusively obtained by That Grape Juice Studios was reportedly sent to Fox Studios in Chicago, specifically addressed to Smollett, which read, “You will die black f*g,” from cut-and-paste magazine clippings.

The letter also appears to show a red stick figure being shot with a gun.

Sources told TMZ that the threatening letter was mailed eight days before Smollett was attacked.

This is a developing story. Check back with CrimeOnline for updates as they become available. Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call Area Central Detectives at 312-747-8382.

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[Featured Image: Jussie Smollett/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP]