Update Jan. 30: The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released a statement calling the attack on Smollett an act of "hate-based terrorism."
Update Jan. 29: TMZ confirmed Smollett received treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and has since been discharged.
Update Feb. 20: Jussie Smollett has been arrested on charges of filing a false police report.
Empire cast member Jussie Smollett suffered injuries in Chicago around 2am Tuesday morning in a possible hate crime. The 35-year-old Santa Rosa-born actor and singer is best known for his role as Jamal Lyon in the hit Fox drama, and critics have hailed his performance as "groundbreaking" for his positive and nuanced depiction of a black gay man on television.
The Chicago Police Department is calling the incident a possible "racially-charged assault and battery." A statement released early Tuesday outlines the attack. The two perpetrators reportedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs at Smollett and wrapped a rope around his neck.