'Empire' star attacked in possible hate crime: Authorities

Jussie Smollett was in Chicago when two masked people beat him up, wrapped a rope around his neck and yelled slurs, police said.
2:20 | 01/30/19

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Transcript for 'Empire' star attacked in possible hate crime: Authorities
A disturbing story developing tonight in Chicago authorities there are investigating what they're calling a possible hate crime to target the after from the TV show empire Jesse small let. He told police he was brutally attacked by two men with covered faces who shouted racial and homophobic slurs. Police say then pouring a chemical on him and putting a rope around his neck. Here's ABC's Steve Olson Sami. Police say that actor and singer Jesse stole it from the popular drama series empire. Was attacked around 2 AM this morning in the swank corner of downtown Chicago where hotel security cameras are everywhere. But it. Eight not request they are part of senators has placed over the fence act. He was in Chicago getting a late night snack when police say he was approached by two unknown offenders whose faces were covered yelling out racial and homophobic slurs towards him. Police say they beat him up poured an unknown chemical over him and at some point during the incident wrapped the rope around the actor's knack. In a later interview he told them they were yelling Mack a country as they beat him. Collette plays a gay man in his TV series. In real life he came out publicly on Ellen DeGeneres is talk show it was really important to me to. Make sure that it got across that. There is no closet. There's never been a closet that I've been authorities believe this may be a hate crime and are looking into a letter delivered a week and a half ago threatening the actor's life. On Monday the actor was on social media inadvertently sharing its flight schedule saying he was traveling to hash tag Chicago put you head up Jesse. I'm with you on beater and a minute if the actor's director and series creator Lee Daniels a gay black man himself got emotional speaking on line today. You didn't deserve. Nor anybody deserves to have a new putter Branyan. Had bleach thrown on you. To be called die. Or whatever day sixty you. So it's good to steal the summit with a slot tonight and O Steve authorities are really hoping those cameras in the area picked up something they are combing through all this surveillance tonight. That's right David investigators are canvassing. Nearby businesses there's a hotel. A state house nearby hoping that their security cameras captured something. That might be helpful David Howard Steve thanks so much.

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