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Out "Empire" star Jussie Smollett reportedly attacked in horrific hate crime

Actor/singer Jussie Smollett was reportedly attacked in a New York subway early Tuesday morning in what is being investigated as a hate crime.
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A shocking story is coming out of Chicago today, out Empire actor Jussie Smollett was reportedly attacked by two men wearing MAGA hats who tied a noose around his head, poured bleach on him and yelled: “This is MAGA country!”  

According to celebrity news watch site TMZ the actor went out for a bite to eat at about 2 am, "and went to a Subway. We’re told when he walked out, someone yelled, ‘Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?’”

Smollett, 36, is said to have fought back and sustained a broken rib during the attack.

There is some speculation that this may have been planned.

According to ThatGrapeJuice.Net eight days ago a collage-style letter was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago, it read: "You will die black f**."

The Chicago Police Department is investigating this as a hate crime and have released a press statement, but admit to having limited info at this time. 

“We can not confirm what the offenders stated,” a Chicago Police Department spokesman told ITK in regards to the MAGA accusations. 

Smollett took himself to Northwestern Memorial where he was treated and released Tuesday morning.

"Empire" creator Lee Daniels made a video statement to Smollet regarding the attack, you can watch that HERE

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) issued the following statement:

“While details are still developing, the hate violence Jussie Smollett experienced is reflective of what we see in our national data on hate violence, in our clients in New York City as well as the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) across the nation.

LGBTQ people living at multiple intersections of oppression, such as racism and homophobia, experience compounded violence.

This reality is what informs us to do our work holistically. Jussie is not alone. Gay Black men are some of the most vulnerable to violence in the LGBTQ community and this must continue to be addressed.

Our work focuses to end and disrupt systemic violence that thousands of LGBTQ survivors face, while also working to support survivors in the aftermath of violence. Our deepest thoughts and commitment to this work is with Jussie and all survivors."

If you have any information on this crime, Chicago police are asking for your help in the investigation. You can call 312-747-8382 or make a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com.

Audio of the emergency call can be heard here.

This is a developing story.