Jussie Smollett is speaking out days after he was viciously attacked in Chicago early Tuesday morning.
The Empire star was reportedly beaten by two men, who allegedly yelled racial and homophobic slurs during the horrific incident, just after leaving a Subway restaurant. There was also a noose found around the actor’s neck, and he was covered in an unknown substance, which many say was bleach.
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK. My body is strong but my soul is stronger. More importantly I want to say thank you. The outpouring of love and support from my village has meant more than I will ever be able to truly put into words. I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.”
“As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process. Most importantly, during times of trauma, grief and pain, there is still a responsibility to lead with love. It’s all I know. And that can’t be kicked out of me. With Love, respect & honor…Jussie.”
We truly hope the men responsible are caught.
As Jussie said, these targeted attacks are happening all over the country right now, and we MUST come together.
[Image via Derrick Salters/WENN]
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