Gay, black, Jewish actor calls claims he lied about attack 'ridiculous'

Jussie Smollett is doing his first interview since being attacked in Chicago last month

About if he's lying, Jussie said, "that's ridiculous". "They are not considered suspects at this time as they are now being questioned by detectives", Guglielmi wrote on Twitter. Smollett explained that this was a false add-on to what he said earlier in the interview about how his attacker supposed yelled pro-Donald Trump slogans during the assault.

Chicago police found Smollett's account to be credible and consistent, but an ongoing investigation has yet to find surveillance footage of the attack. "It's the truth", he says in the preview (above). It's like, you know, at first, it was a thing of like 'Listen, if I tell the truth then that's it because it's the truth.' Then it became a thing of like, 'Oh, how can you doubt that? It's not that you don't believe this is the truth; you don't want to see this is the truth.

Actor Jussie Smollett is outraged by those doubting the details of the brutal hate crime he reportedly endured last month. I said, 'Call me when you can.' He called me immediately and while he was on the phone, I heard as I was crossing the intersection, 'Empire!' And I don't answer to Empire, my name ain't Empire.

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett insisted Thursday that he was targeted by two men shouting racial and gay slurs - and "This is MAGA country" - because of his public comments against President Trump.

Smollett said he didn't want to call police at first, but that his friend and creative director, Frank Gatson, called on his behalf. "Jussie is rising above hate, racism, homophobia, and doubt surrounding the attack and instead using his voice and talent to fight back against the rising rates of violence against Black and LGBTQ people, as well as those who live at the intersection of those identities". "I don't know what that's gonna be to hand over my phone", he said.

I think it may need to be reiterated again, but Black people have a distrust of police because of the violence that bad cops have perpetrated against Black men.

"So I picked up the phone and was like "Brandon" and he like "What's going on?' and I said 'I was just jumped" and then I looked down and I see that there's a rope around my neck". A police statement said chemicals were poured on the "Empire" star's face, and a rope placed around his neck.

Smollett said it took police about 30 minutes to respond.

Smollett is certain that the two men identified in a photo released by police are his attackers and hopes that will lead to their arrest-though the alternative is not something he is prepared to deal with. "They are not considered suspects at this time as they are now being questioned by detectives". Fighting, fighting, fighting, there was a second person involved who was kicking me in my back. "And I want a little gay boy who might watch this to see that I fought the f-- back". "They ran off, I didn't".

He said he then noticed there was a rope around his neck.

Smollett has faced increased scrutiny this week amid reports that he gave redacted phone records to police. Smollett gave detectives heavily redacted phone records that police have said are insufficient for a criminal investigation.

The spokeswoman said the records will be analyzed by detectives, who will follow up with Smollett if additional information is needed.

According to a report from WGN-Chicago, the two persons being interviewed by Chicago police are African-American. "Any redacted information was meant to protect the privacy of personal contacts or high-profile individuals not relevant to the attack".

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