The Chicago police said they were investigating an attack on actor Jesse Smollet, who was involved in an empire that he considers a possible hate crime after two racist and anti-homosexual insults threw a spring around his neck.
Smollet was reported to have been in good health after he went to hospital after an accident that appeared early Tuesday, he told the police. Samolit is an African American at the age of 36.
"Because of the severity of the charges, we pay attention to this investigation and we consider it a possible crime of hatred," the US police statement said.
Police named Smollet, but revealed his age and said he played a role in the Empire series. Lee Daniels, who co-produced the series, and Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment confirmed that Smolit was a victim of an alleged attack.
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"We have to love each other, regardless of our sexual orientation, because it proves that we are united," Daniels said in a video that did not violate his words. "Lift your head, Jessie," he said.
The police said the unknown invaders approached Smolita on the streets around 2:00 PM EDT and began attacking him "with motives that may be racist," singing racist and anti-homosexual insults.
The police said the attackers hit him in the face of an "unknown chemical," and threw a spring around them before they ran away.
Investigators collect the record from the area and look for witnesses.