Published: Fri, February 15, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

Jussie Smollett says he was assaulted due to his criticisms of Trump

Jussie Smollett says he was assaulted due to his criticisms of Trump

While there has not been footage of the attack, the police have identified two potential persons of interest that were spotted walking near the area around the time of the incident.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, several media outlets are reporting that those allegedly involved in Smollett's case are being investigated with police, who are now looking into an alternate theory in the attack and how it was "potentially staged".

In his first interview since reporting a racist and homophobic attack against him in Chicago, Jussie Smollett sat down with Good Morning America's Robin Roberts to discuss what happened that night, address "doubters" of his attack, and offer some words of encouragement to LGBTQ youth. As he crossed the street, Smollett said he heard someone yell "Empire", which he ignored. "And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing", said Smollett. When officers arrived, the actor had cuts and scrapes on his face and the rope around his neck that he said had been put there by his assailant, he said. Number three: I want them to see I fought back.

The Chicago police are still working away at nabbing the two suspects who jumped Empire actor Jussie Smollett and left him battered and bruised with a noose around his neck.

Smollett told Roberts that he believes some have doubted his story because he said his attackers referenced Make America Great Again, President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.

"Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served". Police said at the time that while the video "does not capture an encounter, detectives are taking this development seriously and wish to question individuals as more cameras are being reviewed".

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"The idea that Jussie Smollett has been, or would be, written off of 'Empire' is patently ridiculous", the network and studio said in a joint statement.

"I don't know. Let's just hope that they are, you know what I'm saying?" It was an emotional conversation for the TV star who says his life is "forever changed" since that fateful night.

"We started tussling", Smollett said.

In his first extensive interview since the January 29 incident outside a Subway restaurant in Chicago, Smollett addressed his initial decision to withhold his cellphone from police scrutiny.

"I understand how hard it will be to find them, but we got to", he added.

Jussie Smollett is opening up about being violently attacked in Chicago in an apparent hate crime last month. The terror of racism and homophobia has no place in our society, it is the most indecent way to live.

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