Jussie Smollet, star of the TV show Empire, has been attacked in Chicago while walking down a street early on Tuesday, 29 January.

The incident occurred at about 2AM on Tuesday, as Smollet headed back after getting food, following his arrival in Chicago from New York late on Monday evening. He was approached by two individuals, who TMZ has reported as hurling racial and homophobic slurs towards Smollet, before beating him up, tying a noose around his neck and pouring bleach on him.

According to the Chicago Police Department, the attackers, both wearing ski masks, approached Smollet, shouting, “Aren’t you that f***ot ‘Empire’ n*****?”

The two white attackers left shouting, “This is MAGA country.”

Smollet took himself to the Northwestern Memorial hospital in Chicago, where he was treated for a range of injuries, before being discharged later on Tuesday morning.

Reaction to the homophobic and racist attack has been flooding social media, with Empire creator Lee Daniels, coming out against it in particularly strong terms.

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Reactions have ranged from outrage to sadness, with many people directly referring to the current US president, Donald Trump’s continued racist rhetoric.

Thus far, the president – a frequent user of Twitter – has not used the platform, or any other, to react to the attack.