Chicago, IL – Actor/singer Jussie Smollett is talking out following an alleged hate-fueled assault that despatched him to a Chicago hospital earlier this week. In an unique assertion to ESSENCE, the Empire star insists he’s been truthful about what occurred through the incident and expressed gratitude for the entire assist.
“Let me begin by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett wrote. “My physique is robust however my soul is stronger. More importantly I need to say thanks. The outpouring of affection and assist from my village has meant greater than I’ll ever be capable of really put into phrases. I’m working with authorities and have been 100% factual and constant on each stage. Despite my frustrations and deep concern with sure inaccuracies and misrepresentations which have been unfold, I nonetheless consider that justice can be served. ”
“As my household said, a majority of these cowardly assaults are occurring to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings each day. I’m not and shouldn’t be regarded upon as an remoted incident. We will speak quickly and I’ll handle all particulars of this horrific incident, however I would like a second to course of. Most importantly, throughout instances of trauma, grief and ache, there may be nonetheless a accountability to steer with love. It’s all I do know. And that may’t be kicked out of me.”
Initial experiences claimed two males attacked him within the early hours of Tuesday (January 29) and threw bleach on him, put a noose round his throat and yelled, “This is MAGA nation.”
Smollett has been accused of mendacity in regards to the incident on social media. But based on TMZ, Chicago police have confirmed Smollett was seen with a rope round his neck in surveillance footage of his condominium constructing
Smollett’s household additionally issued a press release of their very own on Instagram, vowing to remain dedicated to spreading love regardless of how dire issues get.
Make no mistake, phrases matter. Hateful phrases result in hateful actions. Radical love is the one answer, however passivity can be our downfall. We, as a household, will proceed to work for love, fairness and justice till it reigns supreme in our nation and all around the world.”
Read the household’s full assertion under.
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Because there’s a light in him that cannot be dimmed, because we are a family of joyful warriors, we will not let this get the best of us. Although this is a picture from happier times, this is the spirit to which we chose to move forward…they will not steal, our joy. ✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽 ________________________________________________________Statement from our family: “ In the early hours of Tuesday morning, our beloved son and brother, Jussie, was the victim of a violent and unprovoked attack. We want to be clear, this was a racial and homophobic hate crime. Jussie has told the police everything from the very beginning. His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice. Our family thanks everyone for their prayers and the huge amount of love he has received. We are thankful to our village for your immense support during this trying time. We are so grateful that God saw him through this cowardly attack alive. Jussie is a warrior whose light cannot be dimmed. We want people to understand these targeted hate crimes are happening to our sisters, brothers and our gender non-conforming siblings, many who reside within the intersection of multiple identities, on a monthly, weekly, and sometimes even daily basis all across our country. Oftentimes ending fatally, these are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable. Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall. We, as a family, will continue to work for love, equity and justice until it reigns supreme in our nation and all over the world. With love & gratitude, The Smollett Family”