Jussie Smollet Hospitalized After ‘Homophobic’ Hate Attack

January 29, 2019

USA Today

from Sandra Rose

Jussie Smollet is reportedly hospitalized in serious condition after he was attacked by two men wearing ski masks in Chicago, Illinois around 2 a.m. Tuesday. The suspects reportedly attacked Smollett and placed a noose around his neck.

In a developing story first reported by ThatGrapeJuice.net, the 'Empire'star, who is residing in Chicago while filming the TV series, was a victim of a homophobic and racially charged attack.

The 36-year-old singer/actor is currently in serious but stable condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

He began his career as a child actor appearing in TV commercials before branching out to films, including The Mighty Ducks (1992) and Rob Reiner's North (1994).

His star turn came when he was cast as Jamal Lyon, the openly homosexual son of a music dynasty patriarch in the scripted TV series Empire.

Smollett came out as homosexual during a nationally televised interview with Ellen DeGeneres in March 2015.

Smollett told Ellen he had some romantic interest in girls as a boy. He defended a scene in Empire in which he was involved in a sexual tryst with a woman and fathered a child with her.

Smollett explained that he and director Lee Daniels, who is also openly homosexual, created the scene to start a conversation about sexual fluidity in the homosexual community.

Daniels said, "Jussie and I both share the same feeling that, yes, even though we are gay, we're sexual human beings. And we do occasionally want to sleep with a woman."

As an adult actor, Smollett also appeared in Ridley Scott's science fiction film Alien: Covenant and as Langston Hughes in the biopic Marshall.

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