Jussie Smollett assault possible hate crime

01 February 2019 | Art and Entertainment

Two men attacked African American actor Jussie Smollett in Chicago, Illinois, placing a noose around his neck and yelling homophobic and racist slurs.

Smollett, 36, was attacked at around 02:00 on Tuesday, according to reports.

Police are investigating the incident as a possible hate crime.

The attackers allegedly beat Smollett and then poured a chemical substance on him, placing the rope around his neck as if they were going to hang him, according to police.

As of 10:00, 29 January, detectives canvassed and reviewed hundreds of hours of video and have now expanded the search area along the Chicago riverfront hoping to find video to be able to release a public description of the offenders, police said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, thus far we have not found any helpful information on a suspect or a suspect's vehicle to be able to share.” Chicago police added, “Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime.”

Smollett, who is gay, stars on the Fox show Empire as character Jamal Lyon, a singer songwriter who is also gay. The actor said that his attackers screamed 'MAGA country' as they got away, a reference to US President Donald Trump's slogan 'Make American great again'.

Aljazeera

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