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Empire star Jussie Smollett has been hospitalized in Chicago after a violent attack, one authorities are deeming an apparent hate crime by white men who yelled “This is MAGA country, according to TMZ.

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The incident occurred around 2 a.m. Tuesday (January 29). According to reports, two men wearing ski masks placed a noose around Jussie’s neck during the attack. Per That Grape Juice, Jussie had recently received a letter with cut out letters spelling a derogatory statement, “You will die black f**.”

Chicago law enforcement is investigating the attack as battery. Smollett was later released from the hospital. The 35-year-old actor confirmed that he was gay during a 2015 interview on Ellen and hoped that other gay individuals would feel less alone in the world.


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