TMZ is reporting that Empire actor Jussie Smollett was vicously attacked by 2 white men, who addition to beating him, put a noose around his neck.

According to TMZ:

…the actor arrived in Chicago from New York late Monday, and at around 2 AM he was hungry and went to a Subway. We’re told when he walked out, someone yelled, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n***er?”

The 2 men — both white and wearing ski masks — viciously attacked Jussie as he fought back, but they beat him badly and fractured a rib. They put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him and as they left they yelled, “This is MAGA country.”

Jussie was taken to Northwestern Memorial where he was treated. He was discharged later Tuesday morning.

This comes days after a letter was sent to Fox Studios in Chicago to Smollett stating “You will die black fag”.

Law enforcement sources tell us Chicago PD is investigating the incident as a battery and the police tell us they are treating the incident as a possible hate crime.

What I found interesting is that earlier when news agencies were reporting on this issue, the headlines were stating ‘Homophobic Attack’ as if his race was not apart of the equation or speaking as if his Blackness was secondary. Since many have been updated or new reports simply say “hate crime”.

What I also find peculiar about the situation; were his assailants stalking him? How would they know where he would be around 2 AM and they just happen to have ski masks on tap ready to use them? I’m anxious to get more details because in Trump’s America, this will be called a hoax or fake news.