Reports indicate the openly gay 36-year-old Smollett, who had just arrived in town from New York ahead of a concert he was set to perform on Saturday, went into a sandwich shop for a bite to eat.
Then two white men in ski masks approached him and said: “Aren’t you that f—-t ‘Empire’ n—-r?” before jumping on him, beat him enough to fracture a rib, pinned him down, put a noose around his neck, poured bleach on him and shouted “This is MAGA country” and then fled the scene.
Smollett was rushed to Northwestern Memorial, where he was treated and discharged a few hours later and is said to be in “good condition”. The attack comes a few days after a threatening letter was addressed to Smollett and sent to Fox Studios in Chicago.
The Chicago Police Department are investigating and treating it as a possible hate crime. Smollett was in Chicago ahead of a concert he was set to perform on Saturday.