Jussie Smollett details his assault in first interview since Chicago attack

Feb 15, 2019, 01:33
Jussie Smollett details his assault in first interview since Chicago attack

"We started tussling", Smollett said.

In a new interview with Good Morning America, Smollett said he had just flown into Chicago, and went out for a meal because there wasn't any food at home.

During the interview, Smollett was played a clip of Trump responding to news of the alleged attack on the actor and R&B singer.

"We are continuing to work closely with the Chicago PD and remain confident that they will find Jussie's attackers and bring them to justice", the statement said.

Smollett told Chicago police he was attacked on January 29 by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him and put a rope around his neck. However, Smollett has refused to hand over his complete phone records to the police, which has given doubters ammunition for negative chatter on social media.

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Chicago police have not made any arrests and have not found video of the alleged assault, leading some people to doubt Smollett's account of what happened. "I didn't need to add anything like that", Smollett said. Then it became a thing of, like, how can you doubt that?

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who claims to have been the victim of a brutal hate crime that took place several weeks ago in Chicago, has hired a public relations firm and issued a statement in the wake of concerns Chicago Police are having difficulty substantiating Smollett's claims.

Chicago police have identified "two persons of interest" amid their investigation into an attack on Jussie Smollett.

According to Smollett's music manager, in an earlier interview with Variety, he said that the two assailants shouted, "This is MAGA country" at Smollett during the assault.

"I was there. For me, when that was released, I was like OK, we're getting somewhere", he said. "Then it just stopped and they ran off".

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Smollett said the attacker told him "this is MAGA country" and used a racial slur before punching him in the face.

Smollett said he was aware of Trump saying "It doesn't get worse as far as I'm concerned" when asked about the alleged attack.

"I heard 'Empire, ' and I don't answer to 'Empire.' My name ain't 'Empire, ' and I didn't answer", Smollett recalled. On Monday, Chicago police told reports that the phone records handed over by Smollett were heavily redacted, and therefore did not meet the burden of a criminal investigation. The ease with which people want to dismiss a hate crime victim, one with physical evidence and traumatic imagery, but want to make excuses for those who admit to wanting to commit violence shows that we, as a society, may say we want tough conversations, but don't want to deal without internalized biases.

"So I picked up the phone and was like "Brandon" and he like "What's going on?' and I said 'I was just jumped" and then I looked down and I see that there's a rope around my neck". Number two: I want them to stop being able to say "allegedly". I can't tell you, honestly.

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