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“Empire” star Jussie Smollett reveals graphic details about his alleged attack on “Good Morning America.”

As previously reported by Dearly, the 36-year-old actor and R&B singer, who is openly gay, told Chicago police that he was targeted by two men shouting racial and gay slurs last month.

The suspects also reportedly yelled, “This is MAGA country” due to his strong stance against President Donald Trump, according to Smollett.

In his first interview since the hate crime last month, he told ABC News‘ Robin Roberts that he is “pissed off” over people doubting his alleged attack.

The Chicago Police Department released photos of the two potential persons of interests, though details of the incident remain scarce.

Smollett said he was grabbing food at a Subway near his apartment after flying back home to Chicago when he left the sandwich shop, crossed the street, and heard people yelling. Smollett recalled:

“I heard ‘Empire,’ and I don’t answer to ‘Empire.’ My name ain’t ‘Empire,’ and I didn’t answer. I kept walking, and then I heard ‘f****t, Empire n****r.’ So, I turned around and I said, ‘The f**k did you just say to me?’”

One of his attackers shouted more racial slurs before punching him in the face. Smollett said:

“So I punched his ass back. And then we started tussling and it was very icy. We ended up tussling by the stairs, fighting, fighting, fighting. There was a second person involved who was kicking me in my back, and then it just stopped. And they ran off.”

The singer sustained injuries and said the two masked men put a white rope around his neck and doused him with an unknown substance like bleach.

Smollett was on the phone with his music manager Brandon Moore at the time of the incident. However, Smollett has refused to hand over his complete phone records to the police, leaving some people to question the validity of his story.

Watch the interview below:

He explained why he didn’t turn over his phone on “GMA”:

“I‘m sorry, but I’m not going to do that. I have private pictures and videos and numbers. My partner’s number, my family’s numbers, my castmates’ numbers, my friends’ numbers, my private emails, my songs.”

Smollett got very emotional about describing his attack and hopes the footage of the incident will be found soon so that “doubters” can stop saying his story doesn’t add up.

Watch more video below:

Police say they have found plenty of surveillance video, but none that captured the crime on January 29 at around 2 a.m.

His attackers were never caught.

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Tiffani is a writer for Dearly. She is from New York City. Prior to working for Dearly she covered fashion news and managed social media for various digital media outlets.

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4 Replies to “Empire Actor Jussie Smollett Give Detailed Account of the Night He Was Allegedly Attacked in Chicago”

  • David Gonzalez 7 months ago

    How much time and resources have been wasted on this? Time to call it what it is and dedicate those resources to true crimes.

    I watched something stating this was staged to try and save his “career”. Seems he is being written off the show and wants to remain relevant or get a gig somewhere else. Why not do what other people do and get hustling for the next job or role?

    Also, how would anyone know he would get the munchies at 2 a.m. and head out for a sandwich? And, hang out in sub-freezing weather with a chemical in a bottle and a noose? All to attack a “C” actor. At least a “B” actor you’ve heard of.

  • David 7 months ago

    You reported February 14, 2019, 7:30 pm BUT!!!

    Police found the two men in the video (way before that) and they confessed that they worked with him on the show as extras (according to the police announcement) and that is was all staged, yet you report it as True even long after the facts are out? Wonder why people have lost faith in media, it just does not make sense huh?

    My mom always told me to never do anything while I am angry or upset, you do not make clear decisions, maybe you’all need to do something like research and fact check, edit, see if it passes the smell check, wait or at least acknowledge “unverified” or something similar.

    This whole put out a story you know/think is false and then apologize or the “Reid tactic” as I like to call it, is getting old, and threatens our free exchange of ideas and information and our way of life.

  • David Gonzalez 7 months ago

    It was a questionable story to begin with. He better get the book thrown at him. Cops could be doing better things… Like pretending to be solving other cases!

  • Anonymous 7 months ago

    I can imagine he feels like a dog with his tail between his legs right now. Why people do things like this is a great wonder and he caused a lot of problems all the way around and one gigantic problem for himself because now no one will look at him the same as before. Maybe it’s time for a mental health evaluation and some therapy.

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