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Empire actor Jussie Smollett thanks supporters after ‘horrific, cowardly’ attack

February 01, 2019 - 11:57 am

CHICAGO (1010 WINS) -- 'Empire' actor Jussie Smollett is speaking out for the first time since being attacked in Chicago on Tuesday.

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He expressed thanks for the outpouring of support he's received.

Full Statement:

Beautiful People,

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...


Smollett, who is gay, plays an openly gay character. His family believes the attack was a 'racial and homophobic hate crime. Smollett says he was walking home from a Subway restaurant when he was attacked. He says he was jumped by two masked men around 2 a.m.

He claims they punched him while using racist and homophobic slurs, doused him with an 'unknown chemical substance', and put a rope around his neck.