Jussie Smollett Details Assault, Stands By His Story in First Interview Since Attack

Variety | 2/14/2019 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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Jussie Smollett is sticking to his story.

Addressing naysayers who doubt he was ever attacked, Smollett went on “Good Morning America” to talk to Robin Roberts about the alleged hate crime that reportedly saw the “Empire” actor assaulted by two men in Chicago as they spewed racial and homophobic slurs in late January.

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“If I had said it was a Muslim or a Mexican or someone black, I feel like the doubters would have supported me a lot more,” Smollett said during the TV interview.

As scarce details have come out about the alleged incident, doubters have voiced their concern over the validity of Smollett’s story, partly because law enforcement have not been able to find proper surveillance footage of the attackers, though police did release photos of two persons of interest, who have yet to be identified.

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On “GMA,” Smollett said he saw the camera during the attack, but it was pointed the other way.

Smollett was allegedly on the phone with his music manager at the time the attack occurred — however, Smollett has refused to hand over his complete phone records to the police, which has given doubters ammunition for negative chatter on social media. Earlier this week, Smollett submitted phone records from within the hour of the early morning attack, but Chicago law enforcement said the records were “limited and heavily redacted.”

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