The “Empire” actor attempted to clear up those pesky rumors that he made up the “MAGA” details behind his attack. He stressed that his critics don’t believe the truth, because they “don’t even want to see the truth.”
“What is it that has you so angry? Is it the attackers?” Roberts asked.
“It’s the attackers but it’s also the attacks,” Smollett said.
“At first it was a thing of like, ‘Listen, if I tell the truth, then that’s it, cause it’s the truth,’” the singer said.
“Then it became a thing of like, ‘Oh, how can you doubt that? Like how do you not believe that? It’s the truth.’ And then it became a thing like, ‘Oh, it’s not necessarily that you don’t believe that this is the truth. You don’t even want to see the truth.’”
“I think people need to hear the truth,” he said.
Adding, “Cause everybody has their own idea. Some are healing and some are hurtful, but I just want young people, young members of the LGBTQ community — young, black children — to know how strong that they are.”
The 36-year-old singer also doubled down on the validity of his story, stressing that he knows what he heard the assailants scream at him.
“I didn’t need to add anything like that. They called me a f*****, they called me a n*****. There’s no which way you cut it. I don’t need some MAGA hat as the cherry on some racist sundae.”
“I could only go off their words,” the actor said of the motivation. “I mean, who says, ‘f***** ‘Empire’ n*****, this is MAGA country,’ ties a noose around your neck and pours bleach on you? And this is just a friendly fight?”
Smollett later explained his hesitation in turning his phone over to officials, who wanted him “to give my phone to the tech for three to four hours.”
He continued: “I’m sorry but — I’m not gonna do that. Because I have private pictures and videos and numbers: my partner’s number, my family’s number, my castmate’s number, my friends’ numbers, my private emails, my private songs, my private voice memos.”
As we previously reported, on Jan 29, Jussie was reportedly attacked by MAGA supporters, in Chicago, who brutally beat him and left him with a fractured rib before putting a noose around his neck and pouring bleach on him, TMZ reports. He was treated at Northwestern Memorial before being discharged.
Smollett was reportedly walking out the subway at around 2am when two men, wearing ski-masks approached him and asked, “Aren’t you that fa**ot ‘Empire’ n*gga?”
The culprits reportedly yelled, “This is MAGA country” during the attack.
Days before the incident (which is being investigated as a hate crime), a threatening letter addressed to Jussie Smollett was sent to Fox Studios Chicago with the words, “You will die black f**.”
Chicago Police have released surveillance footage of two persons of interest who are wanted in connection with the brutal and possible hate crime committed against Jussie Smollett.
Meanwhile CNN is reporting that CPD are questioning two people for the actor’s attack.
“These individuals are not yet suspects but were in (the) area of concern and are being questioned,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday in a tweet. “Investigation continues.”
“The people of interest are alleged to be in the area where a crime was reported,” Guglielmi said in a subsequent tweet.
“They are not considered suspects at this time as they are currently being questioned by detectives.
Black Twitter Uplifts Jussie Smollett After Being Brutally Attacked By MAGA Supporters
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Lee Daniels is breaking his silence about the racist and homophobic attack on Jussie Smollett: “You are better than that. We are better than that. America is better than that.” pic.twitter.com/Z4IwhOEO5L— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) January 29, 2019
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DEAR GOD! Prayers and justice for Jussie Smollett.— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) January 29, 2019
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LGBTQ folks are not too sensitive— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) January 29, 2019
We are literally faced with violence for simply existing as we are.
SOMEONE ATTACKED JUSSIE SMOLLETT. DO YALL GET IT NOW?
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“Possible”??— Jayce Baron (@JayceBaron) January 29, 2019
This was a PLANNED racist and homophobic attack because Jussie black and openly gay.
People don’t carry bleach, ropes, and ski masks around Chicago in the middle off the night. https://t.co/NsxVBn1Oo7
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Everybody who was calling LGBTQIA+ folx “sensitive” some weeks ago can absolutely eat shit. I mean that.— Clarkisha Kent (@IWriteAllDay_) January 29, 2019
Because ain’t nobody overreacting. In fact, our unique intersections at race, gender, and orientation make it so that we are UNDERreacting.
Is it clicking now??? Hmm???
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Jussie Smollett has been someone I’ve always admired using his celebrity and platform for good. I wish light and healing for him and his family. Also that his assailants will be brought to justice.— Rebecca Theodore-Vachon (@FilmFatale_NYC) January 29, 2019
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Sending prayers and healing to @JussieSmollett and his family. And praying for all of us who are survivors of homophobic and transphobic violence for whom this triggers so much. 😞😞😞— Yolo Akili (@YoloAkili) January 29, 2019
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I'm fighting back tears on the bus, I'm so angry but I don't know what to do.— Black Women's Lives Matter. Carolyn Hinds (@CarrieCnh12) January 29, 2019
Don't tell me racism is dead, ITS NOT. Its alive and well in North America, and the media, politicians and celebrities are perpetuating and giving it a platform.
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We ALL have a responsibility to rise up against the ignorance and hate out there. If you know who did this to @JussieSmollett, REPORT THEM TO THE POLICE.— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 29, 2019
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Prayers up for @JussieSmollett. People think wealth stops all forms of violence. It doesn’t stop the intersection of racism and homophobia — never has and definitely not in this hostile climate. Being a Black queer man is hard enough. Be safe everyone. ❤️— Preston “Boycott Nellie’s” Mitchum, he/him (@PrestonMitchum) January 29, 2019
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Sending love and light to @JussieSmollett.💋✨ This has to stop. We need our Country back.❤️— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) January 29, 2019
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Anyone trying to ignore the fact that Jussie Smollett is BOTH Black & gay need to sit down.— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) January 29, 2019
This was a racially-motivated homophobic attack.
They called him racial slurs AND homophobic ones.
He carries BOTH identities and white supremacists made it a point to target both.
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Sending love to Jussie and his loved ones. 🙏🏽— Raquel Willis (@RaquelWillis_) January 29, 2019
The hate that fuels white supremacy is the same hate that fuels homophobia. A conscientious society realizes it’s at war with both. https://t.co/hXo56SRDYj
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Given what we’ve seen so far, I fully expect the men who attacked Jussie Smollett to score a sit-down interview with Ellen at some point in the next few weeks. Maybe it will be a roundtable discussion with Kevin Hart.— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) January 29, 2019
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Do not separate Jussie Smollett’s blackness from his queerness here.— I Wanna Infinitely Sk8 With You. (@IfIWereMagneto) January 29, 2019
He wasn’t attacked just because he is black nor was he attacked just because he is gay.
He was attacked because he is both black and gay at the same time.
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This is why holding “a little homophobic joke” accountable is taken so FREAKING SERIOUSLY. To quote @amandaseales, you have to be overly confident...black gay men have to deal w/ not only racism but homophobia.” It is always abt duality and a form of respect. @JussieSmollett 🖤🖤 https://t.co/vzyZMzNHWB— Ryan Jamaal Swain (@RyanJamaal) January 29, 2019
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To my brother @JussieSmollett I’m praying for your strength not only physically but that spiritually and mentally you recover from this tragedy. You are a King. 🙏🏾— Danielle Brooks (@thedanieb) January 29, 2019
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The attack on Jussie Smollett was allegedly by MAGA white supremacists. This is exactly why we need to be defending ALL Black people.— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 29, 2019
These people don't care if you're a woman, LGBTQ, or heterosexual. They want us dead. We can't let anyone force us against ourselves.
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If only congress had funded that wall to protect Jussie Smollett from the white terrorists who broke his rib, called him n****r and f*ggot, poured bleach on him and put a noose around his neck while shouting "this is MAGA country".— Travon Free (@Travon) January 29, 2019
Jussie Smollett Tells GMA’s Robin Roberts He’s ‘Pissed’ That People Don’t Believe Him was originally published on hellobeautiful.com