Jussie Smollett blasts critics questioning attack, as police question persons of interest

After the attack, Smollett returned to his apartment, and his manager called police from there about 40 minutes later, Guglielmi said.

During the interview, Smollett was played a clip of Trump responding to news of the alleged attack on the actor and R&B singer.

"I don't hold my tongue", he told interviewer Robin Roberts in a sit-down interview that aired Thursday morning.

He also said he resented the inaccurate narrative that the attack stemmed from a "date gone bad".

The 36-year-old gay actor/musician contacted police in the early morning hours of January 29 to report that he'd been attacked around 2 a.m. outside a Chicago Subway restaurant by two men who beat him, yelled racial and homophobic slurs and placed a rope around his neck before running off. After detailing what occurred and hitting back at critics who have questioned the accuracy of his account, Smollett got emotional, confessing his fears that his assailants won't be found.

The statement, of course, carefully avoids the TMZ report's specific language, which claims Chicago Police merely found the reports unhelpful in their investigation, not incorrect, rejected, or concerning. "And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing", said Smollett. It's not that you don't believe this is the truth; you don't want to see this is the truth. "Like, how do you not believe that?' It's the truth".

Chicago police have identified "two persons of interest" amid their investigation into an attack on Jussie Smollett. She added that Moore, who police consider a key witness because he said he could hear the attackers over the phone, "has refused to let police examine his phone".

"I was there. For me, when that was released, I was like OK, we're getting somewhere", he said.

"I just want young people, young members of the LGBTQ community, young black children to know how strong that they are", he said.

A second attacker, Smollett said, started kicking him in the back. "They called me a f*ggot, they called me a n*gger".

Police have said that he has now handed over records of his phone activity at the time of the alleged attack, but that it was so heavily redacted that they needed further information.

"I don't have any doubt in my mind that that's them", he told the network. "And that says a lot about the place where we are as a country right now". "And I said 'there's a [expletive] rope around my neck". I can't tell you, honestly.

But he said he failed to get a good description of them as their faces were obscured.

President Trump, whose "Make America Great Again" 2016 campaign slogan was said to be uttered by the attackers, previously addressed the assault on Smollett.

During that time, the star said, he checked himself, saw his bruises and smelled bleach, so he left his clothes on as well as the rope around his neck.

  • Jacqueline Ellis