Jussie Smollett Breaks His Silence on Attack: ‘My Body Is Strong, But My Soul Is Stronger’

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On Friday morning (Feb. 1), Empire actor Jussie Smollett spoke out for the primary time after he was reportedly attacked by two masked people hurling racial and homophobic slurs at him in Chicago.  

The actor gave his first public assertion concerning the assault to Essence, assuring his followers and the general public at massive that he's recovering from the incident. “Let me begin by saying that I’m okay,” Smollett stated. “My physique is robust however my soul is stronger.”

Smollett shared his gratitude for the many individuals who shared their assist for him and spoke out on his behalf, saying that the assist has been extraordinarily useful for him. “More importantly I wish to say thanks,” he stated. “The outpouring of affection and assist from my village has meant greater than I'll ever be capable of actually put into phrases.”

According to police, Smollett claims he was approached by two people early Tuesday morning after he left a Subway restaurant in Chicago. He stated his attackers yelled slurs at him, poured a yet-identified liquid on him, tied a noose round his neck and beat him earlier than working away. The actor admitted himself to Northwestern Hospital and contacted authorities.

Recent statements from the police stated that the investigating officers had requested Smollett to show over his telephone after the actor stated he was on the telephone along with his supervisor on the time. According to the assertion, Smollett refused, main some on-line to query the actor’s claims concerning the assault.

Smollett, nevertheless, stated in his assertion that regardless of what conclusions some are leaping to, he's working with the police to search out his attackers. “I'm working with authorities and have been 100% factual and constant on each stage,” he stated. “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with sure inaccuracies and misrepresentations which were unfold, I nonetheless imagine that justice might be served.”

The actor’s assertion comes sooner or later after his household launched a joint assertion of assist for Smollett, saying that the assault was a hate crime. “These focused hate crimes are occurring to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside inside the intersection of a number of identities, on a month-to-month, weekly, and typically even every day foundation all throughout our nation,” they wrote. “Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of home terrorism and they need to be handled as such.”

Smollett ended his assertion saying that we'd have extra to say after taking the mandatory time to course of his feelings. “Most importantly, throughout instances of trauma, grief and ache, there's nonetheless a accountability to steer with love,” he stated. “It’s all I do know. And that may’t be kicked out of me.”