Speaking out

Jussie Smollett breaks his silence after violent homophobic attack

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Jussie Smollett has released his first statement since the shocking and violent attack against him on Tuesday morning.

“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” the actor tells Essense in a statement. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger.”

He continues, “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.”

Smollett goes on to explain he is working with police to see that his attackers are found and justice is service.

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.

Yesterday, Smollett’s family issued a statement calling the attack a “racial and homophobic hate crime” and an act of “domestic terrorism” against QPOC:

These are inhumane acts of domestic terrorism and they should be treated as such. They will continue to occur until we hold each other accountable. Make no mistake, words matter. Hateful words lead to hateful actions. Radical love is the only solution, but passivity will be our downfall.

In his statement to Essensce, Smollett adds:

As my family stated, these types of cowardly attacks are happening to my sisters, brothers and non-gender conforming siblings daily. I am not and should not be looked upon as an isolated incident. We will talk soon and I will address all details of this horrific incident, but I need a moment to process.

Smollett concludes his statement with a reminder for everyone to love, and to not let episodes of extreme hated let you forget the importance of loving one another.

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.

Related: Chilling new details emerge in Jussie Smollett attack, including surveillance photos