Smollett, known for his role as Jamal Lyon on FOX's Empire, was reportedly walking in the street at 2 a.m. when two white individuals in ski masks began shouting racist and homophobic epithets at him. TMZ reports that Smollett was beaten in the face, choked by a rope, and doused in bleach as the attackers shouted "This is MAGA country."
The men fled the scene, and Smollett was taken to Northwestern Memorial with a fractured rib. He was reportedly discharged later Tuesday morning.
Chicago Police Department spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi issued the following statement on the attack to the Huffington Post: