via EEWMagazine:

Beating someone and calling them derogatory names because they are different from you is disgusting.

35-year-old “Empire” actor, Jussie Smollett, was reportedly the victim of a suspected hate crime in Chicago. He was taken to a hospital Tuesday at approximately 2 a.m.

The news, first reported by TMZ and Entertainment Tonight, has been confirmed by the Chicago Police Department in a statement that refers to the incident as “racially-charged assault and battery,” though Smollett was not specifically named.

The sickening report says, “two unknown offenders approached him and gained his attention by yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. The offenders began to batter the victim with their hands about the face and poured an unknown chemical substance on the victim. At some point during the incident, one of the offenders wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. The offenders fled the scene.”

TMZ has reported that bleach was poured on him as the assailants yelled, “This is MAGA country!”

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