Empire star Jussie Smollett has opened up in regards to the racist and homophobic assault on him in downtown Chicago.
Smollett was attacked on the morning of 29 January when he was leaving a restaurant in Chicago. Two males shouted racial and homophobic slurs in the direction of him earlier than they attacked him.
In a press release to Essence, the 35-year-old black and overtly homosexual actor mentioned he’s “ok”.
“My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly, I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words,” he added.
During the assault, the suspects punched him and poured an unknown chemical substance over him. One of them even wrapped a rope across the actor’s neck.
Smollett, who was hospitalised for his accidents, advised the police that the attackers yelled pro-“Make America Great Again” (MAGA) feedback in the course of the assault.
In his assertion, the actor disputed rumours circulating on social media that he has been lower than cooperative with the police and has modified his story again and again.
“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served,” he mentioned.
“As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process,” he concluded.
On Empire, Smollett performs musician Jamal Lyon, the homosexual son of Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P Henson).
The present’s workforce has expressed shock and anger over the assault on Smollett.
Actor Ellen Page additionally spoke about his case on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She criticised media for considering whether or not his assault ought to be handled as a hate crime or not.
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