Actor Jussie Smollett releases first statement following homophobic and racist attack
It is the first time he has spoken openly since the attack.
Actor Jussie Smollett has said that he is okay and is now working with police after being assaulted in Chicago, marking his first public comments about the incident.
The police report showed that the actor was beaten, soaked in an unknown chemical substance, and also had a rope tied around his neck.
Smollett, who might be best known for his performance in The Mighty Ducks, and more recently the TV series Empire, was attacked by a number of people in Chicago on Tuesday.
The statement read:
"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.
"Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me.
"Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served."
You can read the statement in full here:
Here’s Jussie Smollett’s first public statement after he reported being assaulted in a racist and homophobic attack: pic.twitter.com/N4R5lYYdaS
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A statement obtained by E! News from the Chicago Police Department during the week also heard that those responsible of the attack had shouted the term "MAGA", President Trump's catchphrase, while assaulting Smollett.