Wednesday 17 July 2019

Justice will be done, says TV star Smollet

Smollett, who is black and came out as gay in 2015, was attacked by two men in
Chicago on Tuesday. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Smollett, who is black and came out as gay in 2015, was attacked by two men in Chicago on Tuesday. Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

'EMPIRE' actor Jussie Smollett said he believed "justice will be served" as he spoke publicly for the first time since being targeted in an allegedly homophobic and racist assault.

Smollett, who is black and came out as gay in 2015, was attacked by two men in Chicago on Tuesday.

In a statement to US magazine 'Essence', Smollett said he "needed a moment to process" the "trauma, grief and pain".

However, he warned his attack should not be seen as an isolated incident and similar incidents happened often.

Smollett also claimed "certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations" had been spread since his release from hospital.

He said: "I am working with authorities and have been 100pc 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.

"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."

The attackers poured an "unknown chemical substance" over Smollett and wrapped a rope around his neck. They shouted racial and homophobic slurs throughout the attack, police said. No arrests have been made.

Smollett has starred in TV hit 'Empire' since 2015. He plays Jamal, the gay son of a music mogul played by Terence Howard.

Smollett is also a singer and activist who has advocated HIV/Aids prevention.

Irish Independent

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