Jussie Smollett Breaks His Silence After Being Hospitalized After Hate Crime Attack
The world has been waiting with bated breath for a statement from Jussie Smollett himself confirming that he’s doing alright despite being the victim of a racist and homophobic hate crime. The Empire actor talked to Essence magazine, and stated that although there is misinformation circulating, he’s doing alright, his soul is strong, and he’s working with the authorities to find his attackers.
“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.”
Jussie, then, decided to make a broader statement about the type of crime he endured. “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.”
He finished, “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 …Jussie”
Early on Tuesday, Jussie was attacked by two men, who reportedly tied a noose around his neck and shouted something about being “MAGA” land. Jussie is an out and proud gay man of color, and reports suggest the attack was racially motivated, as well as because of his sexuality. The Chicago hate crime made headlines almost instantly, and notable celebrities and activists spoke out to show Jussie their support.