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'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett hospitalized after attack; police investigating as possible hate crime

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been hospitalized after allegedly being brutally attacked by two men early Tuesday morning in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime.

The Chicago Police Department told Fox News in a statement that a 36-year-old cast member from the television show “Empire” told them he was walking at 2:00 a.m. when he was approached by two unknown men who yelled out “racial and homophobic slurs.”

According to police, the actor told them the men struck him in the face with their hands and poured an unknown chemical on him before wrapping a rope around his neck.

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