Jussie Smollett

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Jussie Smollett pushes back against those questioning alleged attack

February 14, 2019 - 9:28 am

CHICAGO (1010 WINS) -- Empire star Jussie Smollett, who says he was attacked in Chicago last month, sat down for an interview with 'Good Morning America.'

"I'm pissed off," he said.

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It's more than just the alleged attack that has him angry.

"It's the attackers, but it's also the attacks. It's like, you know at first it was a thing of like, if I tell the truth then that's it because, it's the truth. Then it became a thing of like oh, how do you doubt that, how do you not believe that? It's the truth. 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 that this is the truth," he said.

Smollett said his attackers shouted racist and homophobic slurs. Chicago police have said that Smollett has been 'hesitant' to turn over evidence that could help move the investigation along.

Some have suggested that Smollett lied when he explained why he was outside at 2 a.m. when temperatures in Chicago were below freezing.

"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I also resent that narrative," he said. "I'm not gonna go out and get a tuna sandwich and a salad to meet somebody. That's ridiculous, and it's offensive."

Smollett did confirm reports that he was reluctant to turn his phone over to police.

"They wanted me to give my phone to the tech for three to four hours. I'm sorry but -- I'm not gonna do that," the singer said. "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."

Smollett said he believes the attack was racially motivated, and that the two people in a photo released by cops are the ones who attacked him.