Jussie Smollett has spoke out for the first time following the attack in Chicago on Tuesday night. According to a report from Mashable.com, Jussie wrote in a statement to Essence magazine, “let me start by saying that I’m Ok.” He went on to say that his “body is strong,” and his soul is stronger. Smollett took himself to a hospital on Tuesday night after two men reportedly made racist and homophobic remarks at him, beat him up, and tried to tie a noose around his neck.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Empire star told police that the the men yelled out, “this is MAGA Country.”
Since the incident, Smollet has received a ton of support — to all his fans, and those who have demanded justice for the actor, he wrote in his statement, “I want to say thank you.” In addition, Jussie said he has been upset with the “inaccuracies” and the ”misrepresentations” of what happened. The Empire star, who plays a gay rapper in the show, says many, like him, are experiencing these hate crimes daily. The 35-year-old is an activist for the LGBTQ community.