Jussie Smollett was hospitalized Tuesday following an attack in Chicago that police are calling a possible hate crime, according to TMZ and officials. In a statement, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the incident was a “possible racially-charged assault.”
“Given the severity of the allegations, we are taking this investigation very seriously and treating it as a possible hate crime,” Guglielmi said. “Detectives are currently working to gather video, identify potential witnesses and establish an investigative timeline.”
Smollett came out as being gay during an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2015. TMZ reported, the actors sexuality might have possibly played a role in the attack — police did not confirm.
Statement on #ChicagoPolice hate crime investigation. We are taking these allegations very seriously and encourage anyone with information to report anonymously to https://t.co/yYAqzcVIfu pic.twitter.com/DxipALHXaz
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) January 29, 2019
Smollett was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released later Tuesday.