Jussie Smollett has broken his silence for the first time since he was hospitalized earlier this week.
The Empire star shared an official statement via Essence about his suspected racist and homophobic attack in Chicago thanking fans for their outpour of love. He later assured fans that he was fine.
“Let me start by saying that I’m OK,” Smollett said in his statement. “My body is strong but my soul is stronger. 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 revealed that he is currently working with the police to identify the two men who assaulted him.
“I am working with authorities and have been 100% factual and consistent on every level,” he said. “Despite my frustrations and deep concern with certain inaccuracies and misrepresentations that have been spread, I still believe that justice will be served.”
He added, “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 concluded. “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.”