Jussie Smollett Responds To Accusations He Lied About Attack: ‘I’m P***ed Off’

Jussie Smollett Responds To Accusations He Lied About Attack: ‘I’m P***ed Off’

Jussie Smollett Responds To Accusations He Lied About Attack: ‘I’m P***ed Off’

"So I punched his a- back and then we started tussling".

An interview clip was posted online.

Jussie Smollett sat down with Robin Roberts in Chicago for his first televised interview since he was brutally attacked in a hate crime.

The FBI was also investigating a threatening letter targeting Smollett that was sent the week prior to the reported attack to the Fox studio in Chicago where "Empire" is filmed, police said.

Smollett, who is gay, has said he was walking to a Subway restaurant around 2 a.m. January 29 when he was attacked by two men who yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hung a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him. His family has deemed it a hate attack, and the actor has been supported by a surge of sympathy on social media, but doubters have also questioned his account.

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Chicago police have not made any arrests and have not found any video of the alleged assault, leading some people to doubt his account of what happened. Like, you know, at first it was the thing of like, listen, if I tell the truth then that's it because it's the truth. "Like, how do you not believe that?' It's the truth".

Additionally, Guglielmi went on to clarify that the two individuals are not now being investigated as the perpetrators of the crime, but that police do intend to question them about being in the vicinity when it took place. They have also released two photos of the persons of interest; however, the images did not show the individuals' faces. "We are dealing directly with the Chicago Police Department", the statement added. "Then it just stopped and they ran off". Smollett said he was appreciative that the president condemned the "horrible" attack on him, but as for the perpetrators, "I could only go off their words". It was after hearing homophobic and racial slurs that he turned around and confronted a man in a ski mask. He said he's heard various stories about people questioning the attack, which he said occurred while he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant.

Smollett grabbed his phone and told Moore that he'd just been "jumped" - and that's when he said he noticed the rope around his neck. On Monday, Chicago police told reports that the phone records handed over by Smollett were heavily redacted, and therefore did not meet the burden of a criminal investigation.

On why he didn't immediately call the police, Smollet, an openly gay man, said, "There's a level of pride there". No. 2, I want them to stop being able to say 'alleged attack.' No. 3, I want them to see that I fought back. "And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now". "They called me a f*ggot". It's all I know.

Smollett said he gave a body description of his alleged attackers as best as he could because he doesn't have details such as eye color.

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