Jussie Smollett Sits Down With Robin Roberts For 'GMA' Exclusive (Clip)

Empire star Jussie Smollett breaks down over attack

Empire star Jussie Smollett breaks down over attack

Addressing naysayers who doubt he was ever attacked, Smollett went on "Good Morning America" to talk to Robin Roberts about the alleged hate crime that reportedly saw the "Empire" actor assaulted by two men in Chicago as they spewed racial and homophobic slurs in late January. Police said the two people were walking near the area around the time of the incident, but the images that police released from surveillance footage are dark and the faces are not clear. Like, you know, at first it was the thing of like, listen, if I tell the truth then that's it because it's the truth. "It's not necessarily that you don't believe that this is the truth, you don't even want to see the truth, '" he added, apparently hitting out at critics who say his story doesn't add up - critics who now include some of his neighbors, according to TMZ. "It's the truth, '" he said.

Detectives might be following up with Smollett to request additional data to corroborate the investigative timeline.

The Empire actor was subjected to an alleged hate crime last month when two assailants allegedly hurled homophobic abuse before punching him, pouring an unknown chemical substance over him and putting a rope around his neck, and not only is he still angry about what happened to him, he's also annoyed that there have been so many false rumours surrounding the incident. Shortly thereafter, he returned to work on the "Empire" set playing gay musician Jamal Lyon.

Asked why he hesitated a half hour after the attack to phone police, Smollett said, "There's a level of pride there".

Finally, Elgas notes, "Firm Sunshine Sachs representing Jussie Smollett: 'Police have not told us that they are rejecting any records, nor have they expressed concerns about the records to us. Chicago PD has repeatedly informed us that they find Jussie's account of what happened that night consistent and credible", Smollett's representative said.

Smollett claimed that he redacted the records in order to preserve the "privacy of personal contacts".

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Smollett made his first public appearance and performance since the attack on February 2.

After the attack, Smollett released a statement saying his body was "strong but my soul is stronger".

Smollett said he was "pissed off" not only by his attackers but also by those who had questioned the veracity of his account. Roberts can be heard asking in the short clip. I respect too much the people - who I am now one of those people - who have been attacked in any way.

"Jussie is the victim here, which has been stated by the Superintendent of Police". "His story has never changed, and we are hopeful they will find these men and bring them to justice".

The interview, which will air tomorrow, shows Smollett breaking down when Roberts asks if he feared for his life during the attack.

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