"I will never be such a person that it does not happen," said Smollett Robin Roberts. "I have changed forever, I do not sign the idea that everything is going for some reason, but I join in the idea that we have the right and responsibility to do something meaningful from what is happening to us, both good and bad.
Smollett told the authorities that two men who were "screaming for racial and homophobic insults" were attacked in early January, saying that one of the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured him an unknown chemical.
Smollett told Roberts that in That day, landed in Chicago, was picked up by his creative director returned to his apartment to realize that he had
36-year-old "Empire" said that he had left his apartment to go to Walgreens, thinking that it was open 24 hours, but ended in the subway to get Salad.
said that he sent his manager Brandon Moore, who he believed to be in Australia, with another client, and left a message to Moore to call him.
Smollett said that Moore immediately called him. I heard that I cross the intersection, I heard "Empire!" ̵
The actor said that he did not answer and continued to walk, only to hear how someone heard a scream of a racial call.
** k you just told me "and I see that the attacker was disguised," Smollett said, with emotionally speaking. "He said," This country is MAGA n **** r, "and he hit me in the face so that I hit me.
Smollett said they started tussling and ended up near some stairs as the second person kicked him in his back
The alleged attackers fled, and Smollett said that he looked down and saw that his phone had dropped out pockets. [19659002YogomejesthervshesthefestvnavnavlinniSmollettskasavshchovinskasavMurushovinstribnuv
Looking down, Mollett said he saw the rope. My neck and I began to shout: "There is a rope on my neck," he said.
Smollette said that he had described the body of his attackers as best as he had no details such as as
He told Roberts that he had seen a photo of a police officer freed from interested persons.
"For me, when it was released, I looked like" Well, we get somewhere, "Smollett said. "For me, I have no doubt about this."
"There is a level of pride," Smollett said. "We live in a society where, like a merry man, you are considered to be somewhat weak, and I am not weak. I am not weak, but we, as a people, are not weak."
Smollette said that the police needed about 30 minutes
During this time, the star said, he checked himself, saw his bruises and felt the smell of bleach, so he left his clothes in the same way as the rope around the neck.
Smollett said that he had asked the officers to turn off their body fists and come to his apartment because he did not want his neighbors to witness the scene t
He said that he had gone with the officers on the street to go through what had happened and noticed the neighboring cell just to find out later that he was heading in the opposite direction, where he says that his alleged attack has taken place.
Smollett expressed disappointment. did not believe
"It would seem that if I said that it is a Muslim or Mexican or someone black, I feel that doubts would support me a lot more," Smollett said. "And this says a lot about the place where we are now a country."
The actor said that he refused to transfer his police phone because he had private videos, messages, music and phone numbers that he wanted to protect.
Smullett denied some of the messages, including what he told the police, his alleged attackers were wearing MAGA hats
"I never said that," he said. "I did not need to add anything like that. They called me af **** t they called me **** r. There's no way you cut it. I do not need a MAGA hat like
Smollett said that he believes he was targeted because of his vocal criticism of Donald Trump and his administration, saying Roberts: "I'm really hard at 45."
Smollett said that he knew about Trump said: "It's not worse how much I'm worried "when asked about the alleged attack.
" I do not know what to say, "said Smollett.
Smollett, who calls herself and plays a funny character in the series, said he respected the victims of hate crimes to lie about what happened.
was sometimes emotional during the interview and said he hoped that what had happened
"I just want young people, young members of the LGBT community, young black children to know how strong they are," he said.
President and CEO of GLAAD Sarah Kate Ellis answered on an interview with CNN's statement.
"Jussie Smollett was a victim initially motivated by hatred and violent assaults in Chicago and since then has been twice the victim of speculation by the media industry and a wider culture," the statement said. "Jussie rises above hatred, racism, homophobia, and doubt about the attack and instead using his voice and talent to fight against the growth of the pace of violence against the Black and LGBTQ people, as well as those who live at the intersection of these identities.