Empire actor Jussie Smollett was hospitalised early Tuesday morning following an assault in Chicago in what is described as a possible hate crime.
According to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was beaten by two men who approached him by yelling racial and homophobic slurs around 2 a.m.
They proceeded to assault Smollett and poured an unknown chemical substance on him.
The two men are also said to have put a rope around Smollett's neck before fleeing on foot.
Smollett then transported himself to an area hospital and is described as being in good condition.
Smollett was in Chicago ahead of a concert he was set to perform on Saturday.
LGBTQ organization GLAAD released a statement on the incident, saying they have reached out to FOX and Jussie's team to offer assistance as well as support for him.
Smollett received rave reviews for his breakout role as Jamal Lyon on Empire.