A 36-year-old actor from TV show “Empire” was attacked last night in North Lower Water Street , Chicago. Police is classifying the crime as possibly racially charged assault.

It is reported that two men have tied a rope around Smollett’s neck and poured an unknown chemical thing on him. At the approach of police the attackers ran away yelling racist threats. The actor is now is in the area hospital and is reported to be in good condition.

Jussie Smollett came out as gay during a guest appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2015

The attack caused the wave of condemnation in social media, many celebrities expressed their support.

There is information that an earlier threat had been received in letter form by Smollett.

Police started investigation of a hate crime.