Jussie Smollett has broken his silence on the alleged attack that took place in Chicago.
Jussie Smollett was recently hospitalized following an attack in Chicago that’s now being investigated as a racist and homophobic hate crime. Now, the Empire actor and singer has offered his first public statement since the alleged assault.
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett said in a statement via Essence. “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. 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.”
“As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily,” he continued. “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.”
Since the attack, Chicago police have identified potential persons of interest in the attack and revealed that the FBI is helping them with their investigation. The police released photos late Wednesday, with the pictures showing two silhouettes walking down a street late Tuesday morning. Although police have confirmed video footage of Smollett walking across the street from the two possible persons of interest, there isn’t video of the actual assault.