Jussie Smollett broke his silence on Friday morning after he was reportedly the sufferer of a racist and homophobic assault.
“Let me begin by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett informed Essence in a Friday assertion. “My physique is robust however my soul is stronger. Extra importantly I wish to say thanks. The outpouring of affection and assist from my village has meant greater than I’ll ever be capable to actually put into phrases.”
Smollett additionally addressed the skepticism concerning the assault, telling Essence that he has been “100 % factual and constant on each stage” with authorities.
“Regardless of my frustrations and deep concern with sure inaccuracies and misrepresentations which have been unfold, I nonetheless imagine that justice shall be served,” he stated.
Chicago Police reported on Tuesday that the “Empire” actor was attacked by two unidentified masked males within the early hours of Tuesday morning. Smollett was reportedly strolling to get meals round 2 a.m. when the 2 attackers approached him and commenced “yelling out racial and homophobic slurs,” in response to police.
Smollett informed police that the 2 males beat him up, “poured an unknown chemical substance,” believed to be bleach, on him, and wrapped a rope round his neck. In a follow-up interview with police, Smollett stated the boys yelled “MAGA nation” through the assault, an obvious reference to President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make American Nice Once more.”
Smollett, a homosexual black man, was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital after the assault, however was in “good situation” in response to police studies.
The “Empire” actor stated he’ll deal with the specifics of the “horrific incident” quickly, however he wanted time to course of the expertise.
“As my household said, some of these cowardly assaults are taking place to my sisters, brothers and non-gender-conforming siblings every day. I’m not and shouldn’t be seemed upon as an remoted incident,” Smollett stated.
“We’ll speak quickly and I’ll deal with all particulars of this horrific incident, however I would like a second to course of,” he concluded. “Most significantly, throughout instances of trauma, grief and ache, there’s nonetheless a accountability to guide with love. It’s all I do know. And that may’t be kicked out of me.”
Smollett’s household launched an announcement in assist of the actor and addressed rumors concerning the truthfulness of the assault.
“We wish to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime,” Smollett’s household stated within the Thursday assertion. “Jussie has informed the police all the things from the very starting. His story has by no means modified, and we’re hopeful they’ll discover these males and produce them to justice.”
Trump briefly commented on the assault in a Thursday press convention, telling journalist April Ryan: “That I can inform you is horrible. I’ve seen it. Final night time. It’s horrible. Doesn’t worsen.”
“Given the severity of the allegations, we’re taking this investigation very severely and treating it as a attainable hate crime,” Chicago police stated in a Tuesday assertion to HuffPost. “Detectives are presently working to assemble video, establish potential witnesses and set up an investigative timeline.”
The FBI has taken over the investigation within the wake of stories that Smollett acquired a threatening letter previous to the assault. Chicago police have launched photos of “individuals of curiosity,” however as of Friday morning had not publicly launched any extra leads.