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Jussie Smollett Breaks His Silence After Attack, Expresses Frustration Over Misrepresentations Of His Story

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Feb. 1 2019, Updated 5:27 p.m. ET

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Jussie Smollett has broken his silence after suffering an apparent homophobic and racist attack in Chicago, Tuesday January 29, 2019. The Hollywood star released a statement exclusively to Essence a day after authorities revealed they had footage of persons of interest in relation to the incident.

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“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Jussie, 35, assured readers.

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"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,” he continued.

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The actor and singer then addressed the speculation that his story with police has changed. “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.”

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He didn't address the details of what happened to him, but said "We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process.”

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“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,” the Empire star said before ending his statement.

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He did not mention his concert scheduled for Saturday, February 2 in Los Angeles, although the venue told Entertainment Tonight the show was still happening as planned.

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