2017 BET Awards "Photo Room" Los Angeles, California, U.S., 25/06/2017 - Jussie Smollett. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok/File Photo
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Black, openly-gay actor Jussie Smollett of the US television program "Empire" was hospitalized Tuesday in Chicago following a possibly hate-motivated attack in which assailants tied a rope around his neck, police and his co-workers said.News of the early morning attack left the entertainment world reeling and gay advocacy groups speaking out in support of the 36-year-old actor. Smollett's fellow cast members and production company identified him as the victim.The attackers poured "an unknown chemical substance" on him, and then wrapped a rope around the actor's neck, according to police. Senator Kamala Harris of California, who on the weekend launched her 2020 campaign to be America's first black female president, called the incident "an attempted modern day lynching".
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