Jussie Smollett Sets The Record Straight On Alleged Assault During Return To The Stage: 'I Fought The F**k Back'
"The hateful rhetoric that gets passed around, it has to stop," he said.
Nearly a week after reportedly being subjected to a racist and homophobic attack, Jussie Smollett made his return to the stage Saturday night.
The Empire actor performed at The Troubadour in Los Angeles on Saturday night in front of fans following his attack. Smollett, 35, was reportedly attacked in Chicago last week by two men who are believed to be Trump supporters.
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The perpetrators yelled racist and homophobic slurs, poured a chemical believed to be bleach on him and punched the star several times in the face. As Blavity reported, a noose was also placed around his neck during the attack that occurred early Tuesday morning.
"I'm not fully healed yet, but I'm going to," he told fans. "And I'm gonna stand strong with y'all, and I had to be here tonight. It sounds powerful but I couldn't let those mother f**kers win."
He took a moment before his performance to clear up details around the attack. According to Entertainment Tonight, he said he had bruised ribs, not broken ones as reports claimed. Immediately after the attack, choreographer Frank Gaston drove him to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to receive treatment. Doctors in Los Angeles and Chicago cleared him for his big performance.
Jussie Smollett speaks out on inaccuracies surrounding his attack. pic.twitter.com/xHYW8Q5bBy— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 3, 2019
The attackers did meet resistance, Smollett said.
"And above all, I fought the f**k back," he said. "I'm the gay Tupac."
Jussie Smollett tears up as he addresses LA crowd at his 1st concert since the homophobic and racist attack. pic.twitter.com/Gzxdk3pT0p— Entertainment Tonight (@etnow) February 3, 2019
In a statement to Essence, the openly gay entertainer and activist vowed to work with local authorities to track down the perpetrators.
"I am working with authorities and have been 100 percent factual and consistent on every level," he continued. "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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