'Empire' actor: 'Ridiculous' he would lie about attack

Carla Harmon
February 14, 2019

According to a statement released by the Chicago Police Department following the incident, Smollett was beaten by two men who approached him by yelling out "racial and homophobic slurs" at approximately 2 a.m. on the 300 block of E. North Water St., and proceeded to assault Smollett and "poured an unknown chemical substance" on him.

In his Thursday interview with Good Morning America, Empire actor Jussie Smollett struck back at those who have doubted his story of an alleged hate crime attack in Chicago. "I don't hold my tongue".

"When it comes to his attackers" motivations, the actor, who mentioned he comes out "really really hard against" Trump, said he can only judge the situation based on their words. The Empire actor was walking out of a Subway chain when he was jumped by two masked men who first addressed him as the name of his TV show.


"It became a thing of like, 'Oh, It's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth, '" he said.

Smollett's statement said he had good reasons for turning over limited information. "And then we started tussling and it was very icy. They ran off, I didn't".

Smollett and his manager, Brandon Moore, told authorities they were speaking on the phone with each other at the time of the attack, Chicago police said.


"I come really, really hard against 45", he said, referring to the president. "At first it was a thing of like, listen if I tell the truth then that's it cause it's the truth", Smollett says in a promotional clip that aired on Wednesday. "And this is just a friendly fight?"

Finally, Elgas notes, "Firm Sunshine Sachs representing Jussie Smollett: 'Police have not told us that they are rejecting any records, nor have they expressed concerns about the records to us". "They called me a [bleep]".

He added: "I don't know what that's gonna be, to hand over my phone for - and honestly, by then, inaccurate, false statements had already been put out there". "My partner's number, my family's numbers, my cast mates' numbers, my friends' numbers, my private emails, my songs". For me when that was released, I was like OK, we are getting somewhere. "It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more", he added. His remarks are the latest in a back-and-forth between Smollett and police since he reported the attack. "And she said, 'Sweetie, they're not going to find them.' And that just made me so angry".


"I'm p***ed off. It's the attackers, but it's also the attacks". And I'm here left with the aftermath?

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