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Jussie Smollett Tears Up as He Shares Horrifying Details of His Attack

Jussie Smollett Tears Up as He Shares Horrifying Details of His Attack

In a preview for his upcoming interview with "Good Morning America", Jussie Smollett addresses accusations that he lied about being attacked in Chicago while walking home.

"I didn't need to add anything like that", Smollett said about the hats. "I don't hold my tongue". Some clips may repeat portions of the interview. The president said: "I think that's terrible. It's frightful. Doesn't get worse".

Smollett also gave reason as to why he believes he was targeted: Trump.

"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I also resent that narrative", he said. "And that somehow maybe I added a little extra trinket, you know, of the MAGA thing", said Smollett. "And this is just a friendly fight?"

"So I punched his ass back", Smollett said. His family has deemed it a hate attack, and the actor has been supported by a surge of sympathy on social media, but doubters have also questioned his account.

Additional segments of the interview will air later tonight on ABC's Nightline.

When asked why he hesitated to call the police after the attack, Smollett teared up as he told Roberts, "There's a level of pride there". It's like, you know at first it was a thing of like, 'Listen if I tell the truth, then that's it, 'cuz it's the truth.' Then it became a thing of like, 'Oh how can you doubt that?

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At first he refused to hand over his cellphone to police for forensic investigation. "I'm sorry, but I'm not gonna do that". "I have private pictures and videos and numbers".

He said his ribs were bruised during the attack and while he did immediately see a physician, he was not hospitalized. But the camera was found to be pointing in the wrong direction to capture anything. How can you not believe that?

When officers arrived, the actor, who plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on FOX's hit show "Empire", had cuts and scrapes on his face and the "thin rope" around his neck that he said had been put there by his assailant.

He said making up such a story would hurt the causes he works for.

He claimed in a follow-up interview with the Chicago Police Department that the men said "This is MAGA country". Smollett said he changed his mind after smelling the bleach that the attackers had thrown on him.

The actor remembered, "there was a second person involved who was kicking me in my back and then it just stopped and they ran off". "They called me a f*ggot, they called me a n*gger. There's a [bleep] rope around my neck!"

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett, who claims to have been the victim of a brutal hate crime that took place several weeks ago in Chicago, has hired a public relations firm and issued a statement in the wake of concerns Chicago Police are having difficulty substantiating Smollett's claims.

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