Jussie Smollett spoke about his attack on GMA—says people wouldn’t doubt him if his attacker was “a Muslim or a Mexican”

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Jussie Smollett spoke about his attack on GMA—says people wouldn’t doubt him if his attacker was “a Muslim or a Mexican”


Jussie Smollett spoke about his attack on <em>GMA</em>—says people wouldn’t doubt him if his attacker was “a Muslim or a Mexican”

On January 29th, Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked by two men who reportedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him. The assailants allegedly beat him, tied a rope around his neck, and threw “an unknown chemical substance” on his body. Smollett later reportedly told police that the two men yelled, “This is MAGA country.” The 36-year-old actor is thankfully okay, but unfortunately, some people have cast doubt on his version of events. And in a February 14th interview on Good Morning America, Smollett addressed the skeptics.

“I have to acknowledge the lies, and the hate. And it feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me much more. A lot more,” Smollett told Robin Roberts. “And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now.”

As NBC News notes, Chicago police haven’t found any surveillance footage documenting the attack, which has led some on social media to accuse Smollett of lying. Police have released a picture of two “persons of interest” seen near the location of the attack, and Smollett told Roberts that he thought the two men in the picture could be his attackers.

Jussie Smollett: "It feels like if I had said it was a Muslim, or a Mexican, or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot much more. A lot more. And that says a lot about the place that we are in our country right now." https://t.co/gMhSp8dO9e pic.twitter.com/WpUCq6STp2

— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2019
“It’s like, you know, at first, it was a thing of, like, ‘Listen, if I tell the truth then that’s it, ’cause it’s the truth,” he continued. “Then it became a thing of like, ‘Oh, how can you doubt that? Like, how do you—how do you not believe that? It’s the truth. And then it became a thing of 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.’”

EXCLUSIVE: “Empire” star Jussie Smollett says he’s heartbroken over criticism after attack: “You don't even want to see the truth.” https://t.co/gBJlgtR1XY pic.twitter.com/VflXy1BC4V

— ABC News (@ABC) February 14, 2019

CBS Chicago notes that Smollett has given “limited and heavily redacted” phone records to the police. The actor told Roberts that he didn’t turn his phone over to them because he has private information on his device—some of which includes private photos and the contact information of other celebrities, and he is merely concerned about a leak. He said that he decided to speak to GMA because he felt “people need to hear the truth.”

“‘Cause everybody has their own idea,” he said. 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.”

We admire Smollett’s strength, and we stand with him as he seeks justice.

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