The Chicago police began investigating a hate crime after one of the participants in the television show Imperia declared that he had been attacked by people who shouted racial and homophobic insults at him and inflicted physical blows on him.
The police did not name the victim, but Fox Entertainment identified him as a 36-year-old Giussi Smollett. The actor, who calls himself gay, told the police that he was attacked while walking around the city center at about 2 am on Tuesday.
Police reported that the victim reported that two people approached him and started shouting at him “racial and homophobic insults”. According to police, the men allegedly hit the victim in the face, “doused him with an unknown chemical” and wrapped him with a rope around his neck.
In a subsequent interview with the police, Smollett said that his attackers were shouting “the country of the Maga” during the assault, Chicago police officers confirmed for CBS News.
As of Tuesday evening, the police stated that they had not yet managed to find a surveillance video that showed the crime. “So far, no video of the alleged attackers or vehicle has been detected, but we continue to expand our search,” said Anthony Guglielmi, a representative of the Chicago Police Department. said on twitter,
TMZ first reported the details of the attack.
"Given the seriousness of the charges, we take this investigation very seriously and we consider it a possible hate crime," said Anthony Gugulmi, a spokesman for the Chicago police department.
The victim turned to the North-West Memorial Hospital. Guglielmi said the man is treated in a hospital and is in good condition. The statement says that the victim cooperates fully with the investigators.
“We are deeply saddened and outraged to learn that a member of our EMPIRE family, Jussi Smollett, was brutally attacked last night,” said a Fox Center and Fox Entertainment TV channel from 20th Century. "We send our love for Jussi, who is strong and strong, and we will work with law enforcement agencies to bring these criminals to justice."
Members of the television industry, fans and advocates, including the NAACP, GLAAD, and the anti-violence project, went on social media on Tuesday to denounce the alleged attack.
NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement that the group "cannot but worry about the recent racist and homophobic attack on the winner of the NAACP Image Award, famous actor and activist Jussi Smollett." GLAAD called for a thorough investigation of the incident.
One of the creators of Empire, Danny Strong, said he was "deeply saddened and scared" by this incident.
“Whoever does this, do not forget that you are just cowards of hatred, while Jussi’s talent and activity will continue to cover the world for decades to come,” Strong wrote on Twitter.
FBI data published last year showedbetween 2016 and 2017 Hate crimes on the basis of race, ethnicity or origin were the most common, accounting for about 60 percent of the total. The latest FBI report also revealed that 15.8% of hate crimes in 2017 were associated with a bias towards sexual orientation. According to the FBI, between 2016 and 2017, hate crimes based on racial prejudice increased by about 18 percent, while the number of attacks on LGBTQ increased by 5 percent.
The anti-violence project notes that the level of hate violence against LGBTQ people is increasing, with 46 percent of victims of violence against LGBTQ being injured in 2017, compared with 31 percent in 2016.
The Chicago police said it continues to look for evidence and video on the case to identify possible criminals. Until now, the police have not developed the information to be able to publish a description of the suspect, Guglielmi tweeted on Tuesday afternoon. Anyone who has information is asked to send their advice at http://www.cpdtip.com.