Chicago, IL – Actor/singer Jussie Smollett is talking out following an alleged hate-fueled assault that despatched him to a Chicago hospital earlier this week. In an unique assertion to ESSENCE, the Empire star insists he’s been truthful about what occurred throughout the incident and expressed gratitude for all the assist.
“Let me begin by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett wrote. “My physique is robust however my soul is stronger. More importantly I wish to say thanks. The outpouring love and assist from my village has meant greater than I’ll ever be capable of really put into phrases. I’m working with authorities and have been 100% factual and constant on each degree. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with sure inaccuracies and misrepresentations which have been unfold, I nonetheless consider that justice might be served. ”
“As my household said, these varieties cowardly assaults are taking place to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings every day. I’m not and shouldn’t be regarded upon as an remoted incident. We will discuss quickly and I’ll handle all particulars this horrific incident, however I would like a second to course of. Most importantly, throughout instances trauma, grief and ache, there may be nonetheless a duty to guide with love. It’s all I do know. And that may’t be kicked out me.”
Initial studies claimed two males attacked him within the early hours Tuesday (January 29) and threw bleach on him, put a noose round his throat and yelled, “This is MAGA nation.”
Smollett has been accused mendacity concerning the incident on social media. But in line with TMZ, Chicago police have confirmed Smollett was seen with a rope round his neck in surveillance footage his condominium constructing
Smollett’s household additionally issued an announcement their very own on Instagram, vowing to remain dedicated to spreading love irrespective of how dire issues get.
Make no mistake, phrases matter. Hateful phrases result in hateful actions. Radical love is the one answer, however passivity might be our downfall. We, as a household, will proceed to work for love, fairness and justice till it reigns supreme in our nation and all around the world.”
Read the household’s full assertion beneath.